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    • Rotaract Newswire RI Rotaract Committee News What is the 1 Volume 1, Issue 1 November 2008 Rotaract Committee supposed to do? Welcome to the First Edition of Rotaract Newswire Rotaract 2 One of the most common questions/criticisms over the years has been that no one Committee Chair knows what the Rotary International Rotaract Committee is and who is on it…well that’s Address about to change as we launch this new magazine to tell you more! Rotaract 2008- 3 09 Committee What is the Rotaract Committee Supposed to do? Make Dreams 4 Its mandate as stated in the hear from you. If you have during his term. Real Official Directory is: to any suggestions for This group will provide provide guidance and improving the Rotaract information and support for Rotaract 4 advice to the Board of Program and the Rotaract Rotary clubs and districts Resources Directors of Rotary Preconvention Meeting then regarding the programs, International on all aspects do get in touch with us. Our projects and activities that Rotaract Club 5 of the Rotaract program and contact details are on page serve youth and young to review issues, projects 3. adults in their communities. Recognition & Inside this i ssue: Awards and suggestions, related to If you have any general It shall also promote and R o tarac t . U n de r the grow Rotaract, Interact, 2009 Rotaract 5 direction of the President, questions about Rotaract RYLA, and Youth Exchange Preconvention the committee shall develop such as how to certify a new at the local level. the program content for and Rotaract Club please direct Rotaract around 6 your queries to It also enables us, as a plan the Rotaract the world Preconvention meeting in Rotaract@rotary.org committee, to coordinate Birmingham, UK, and and cooperate with the Address: RI 6 Rotaract is making progress other Youth and Young promote attendance for this President all around the world, so lets Adults programs and their meeting. Dong-Kurn Lee all work together to further committees. improve this great program The 2008-09 Committee of Rotary International. If you would like further Progress is set to continue information on this group, Rotaract The Youth Services and to contact your zone this year, with the Rotaract Preconvention Resource Group coordinator, please refer to Committee having held a the RI Web site (address Meeting 2009 very successful meeting in As part of President Lee's below) Evanston from 10 - 12 commitment to youth and November. young adult issues, he has www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs 18 - 21st June also appointed a Youth /RotaryLeadership/RIPresid As a committee we want to Services Resource Group ent/Pages/Youth.aspx Birmingham, UK Will you be there? Register today! Rotaract Preconvention Meeting 2009 - Birmingham, UK
    • Page 2 Rotaract Newswire Rotaract Committee Chair - Terry Phillips Given at the Rotaract Preconvention June 2008 between Rotaract & Rotary International. I would like to 5. Continue to work on Strategic Planning congratulate the for the future of Rotaract. attendees at this year’s Rotaract 6. Plan for next year’s Preconvention Preconvention Meeting meeting in Birmingham, England. and Rotaractors around the world as we I will encourage Rotarians to strengthen celebrate 40 Years of their ties with Rotaractors by utilizing Rotaract. As many of Rotary’s Vocational Avenue of Service. you know, Luther Acting as mentors, advisors, and as role Hodges, former models, Rotarians can provide a network Governor of North of opportunities for members of Carolina, was Rotaract. President of Rotary As Rotary International continues to work International when to increase its worldwide membership, Rotaract was started in Charlotte, North Districts around the world should be Carolina. I would like to share a picture looking at Rotaractors as future with you of me as an Explorer Scout with members. In some countries obstacles Governor Luther Hodges. I think it is may exist for Rotaractors who wish to interesting that he would be RI President become Rotarians. We will continue to when Rotaract was started and that I work to remove those obstacles. “I am would later become the Chair of Rotaract. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation honored and I am honored and excited to be your Chair has provided a $100 Million challenge for the 2008-2009 Rotary year. I look excited to be grant to Rotary International to help fight forward to working with the new polio eradication. I will be asking that Committee, the Rotary staff, and your chair Rotaractors around the world. I regret Rotaract Clubs around the world join Rotary in meeting that challenge over the for the deeply that I am unable due to health next three years. issues to be with you at this meeting. I 2008-2009 had planned on being there and was The committee will continue to support looking forward to participating in the the Project of the Year Selection process. Rotary Preconvention. I am doing fine and This year we had a significant increase in expect to be able to carry out the duties of the number of projects submitted. We Year” the Chair throughout the year. hope to continue that growth. These projects provide excellent publicity that During the coming year I will be working helps Rotaract and Rotary grow. Growth on the following objectives with our in both of these organizations enables Committee: more service to be done both locally and 1. Continue to strengthen the ties internationally. between Rotaract, Youth Exchange, Again I miss being with you. I enjoyed Interact, and RYLA which are the four working with this year’s committee. My elements of the Youth and Young Adult best to Chair Irene Lewitt as she Programs of Rotary International completes the 2007-2008 year. 2. Continue to encourage the inclusion of I look forward to working with next year’s Youth and Young Adult Programs and committee as we continue to strengthen especially Rotaract at Zone Institutes Rotaract . My thanks to Haris Sofradzija around the world. for all his work in supporting the 3. Encourage feedback from MDIO’s Committee, Rotary, and Rotaract. regarding improvement opportunities for Linked in Rotaract and Rotary the Rotaract program. 4. Continue to work to improve communications within Rotaract and
    • Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 3 Who are the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee? Below are your representatives on the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of them. Rotary Representatives Chair: Terry N. Vice Chair: Dong- Member: Héctor A. Phillips (USA) Joon Lee (USA) Boffelli (Argentina) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2010) 2011) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: Since: 1978 Member of Rotary 1989 Since: 1984 Special Interests: Golf, travel - I’ve Special Interests: I enjoy reading and love to visited all but one of the US States and Special Interests: Reading and travel. I also enjoy training Rotarians, Rotarac- all but one of the continents of the world! Travelling tors, Interactors, RYLArians etc about Rotary. Email: tphilli1 [at] nycap.rr.com Email: rotary7230 [at] msn.com Email: beblo [at] sme.com.ar Member: Eva Brodehl Member: Donald Member: Michele D. Guy (Germany) Craighead (USA) (Canada) (Term ends 30 June 2011) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: 1992 Since: 2005 Since: 1978 Special Interests: Michele is Special Interests: Helping people Special Interests: Rotaract, passionate about friends, likes to help people as well as socializing and contributing to social to maintain & improve their networking and socialising events. She also likes to read the newspaper vision. front to back Email: eva.brodehl [at] gmx.net Email: dcraighead [at] iopener.net Email: mguy [at] couttscrane.com Rotaract Representatives Member: Lisa Burnett Member: You-Sun Member: Mary Kathryn (England) Lee (Korea) DeLodder (USA) (Term ends 30 June 2009) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Since: 2002 Special Interests: Lisa enjoys Special Interests: Spending time with swimming, Taebo boxing and Special Interests: Travelling and my husband, recycling, fish keeping, visiting new countries. meeting new people. Rotaract education Email: lisa [at] rotaract.org.uk Email: yiyusun [at] hotmail.com Email: mkdelodder [at] gmail.com Member: Lawi Sultan Member: Member: Juan Jose Njeremani (Kenya) Krishnakumar Martinez Rivas (Mexico) (Term ends 30 June Narayanan (India) (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) (Term ends 30 June 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 1996 Since: 2003 Member of Rotaract Since: 1998 Special Interests: Music - I have very Special Interests: reading, music, eclectic tastes! volunteerism, travelling, and Special Interests: Travelling exposure to world cultures. Email: nkrishna [at] visteon.com Email: juanjosevadeq[at]prodigy.net.mx
    • Page 4 Rotaract Newswire Make Dreams Real RI President Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee has Of special note, President Lee has ap- selected Make Dreams Real as the pointed a Rotaract Committee for 2008-09 theme for the 2008-09 Rotary year. that will provide guidance and advice to the RI Board in all aspects of the Rotaract As Rotary enters a new year, the program. theme is a reminder of the organization's responsibility to help The committee will review issues, projects, those in our communities that are the and suggestions related to Rotaract, most precious, and most vulnerable: recommend to the Board ways to enhance our children. and strengthen the program, and assist with the planning of the 2009 Rotaract Please refer to the RI Theme Brochure Preconvention Meeting in Birmingham, for more details about President Lee's England, scheduled for 19-20 June 2009. theme and allow his message to guide your efforts. You can download this Be sure to contact members of the brochure from: committee if you have any special suggestions or ideas you would like to share www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ about Rotaract. en_pdf/900en08.pdf Rotaract Resources We encourage you to visit Worldwide Rotaract Directory receive program updates and materials www.rotaract.org for helpful Rotaract In August 2008 all district chairs, from RI, every active club must be information, resources, and news. representatives and active certified certified. DRRs and District Rotaract This Web site also serves as your Rotaract clubs will be sent via post a Chairs may request an up-to-date gateway to the RI Web site, where copy of the 2008-09 Worldwide report of the clubs in your district at you can find additional information Rotaract Directory in CD-ROM format. any time during their term as district on Rotary. This valuable guide can help you Rotaract chair or representative simply make Rotaract connections in by sending an e-mail to Publications neighbouring districts and around rotaract@rotary.org. Several publications are available to the world. assist your efforts to support ProjectLink Database Rotaract. The Guide for District If you did not receive your copy this The new ProjectLink Rotaract Leaders is a comprehensive means your correct address is not on database includes guide to the DRR's role and file with RI. Please contact information on responsibilities. This is a Web-only rotaract@rotary.org if you believe projects undertaken publication available for download your correct address is not on file. by Rotary clubs and districts, Rotaract from the RI Web site. and Interact clubs, and Rotary New Generations E-newsletter Community Corps in a wide variety of Also available are the Rotaract This month, a New Generations service areas. A short description of Handbook and Rotaract Brochure. newsletter was launched including the project and contact information is The handbook serves as a guide to news and updates on Rotaract, provided for each entry. Individuals the program and the brochure can Interact, RYLA. If you would like to seeking to start a similar project or be used to promote Rotaract to receive the New Generations donate resources to an active project potential sponsoring Rotary clubs or E-newsletter please send an email to can contact the sponsors for more Rotaract members. rotaract@rotary.org. detailed information and to exchange ideas. These are also available for free via District Rotaract Club Report download on the RI website or Many Rotaract clubs operate without Visit the project database at: purchase by contacting your local RI official certification from RI. To en- www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/ Office, or online at shop.rotary.org. sure all Rotaract clubs in your district Pr o jec t Re s o urc es/ Pr o j ec t L I NK / P ag e s/ ridefault.aspx
    • Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 5 Rotaract Club Recognition and Awards As you help the Rotaract clubs in your World Rotaract Week Recognition RI Recognition of Outstanding district exemplify this year's theme, we During the week of 9-15 March 2009, Rotaract Projects encourage you to familiarize yourself Rotaract will celebrate the founding of Each year, hundreds of Rotaract with the awards and recognition the first Rotaract club on 13 March clubs submit details about their available to Rotaract clubs throughout 1968. Rotaract clubs around the world exceptional community or the 2008-09 year. Please review this are encouraged to partner with their international service projects to information and all relevant deadlines sponsor Rotary clubs and Rotary International. carefully, sharing it with all those increase community awareness of the involved in your programs. program through performing the In the 2007-08 Rotary year, seven following activities: clubs were selected by the Rotaract Rotaract Presidential Citation Committee to receive international RI President Lee encourages Rotaract • Making a presentation about and regional awards. clubs to Make Dreams Real through Rotaract to a Rotary club that creating a better future for children in doesn't yet sponsor a Rotaract club To learn more about developing a their communities and throughout the great community or international • Inviting Rotarians to attend a service project, download the world. Clubs that answer his call Rotaract club meeting Communities in Action publication can earn the 2008-09 Rotaract Presidential Citation. To qualify, • Attending a Rotary club meeting from: www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ Rotaract clubs must complete any four en_pdf/605a_en.pdf • Conducting a joint Rotaract-Rotary activities from the categories listed in club project To submit a project for the 2008-09 the Presidential Citation Brochure Those that join this celebration and tell Rotary year, download the (http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ the world about Rotaract will receive Outstanding Projects Form from: en_pdf/900a_en08.pdf). recognition for their work from Rotary International. www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ The Sponsor Rotary Club President en_pdf/ must sign the Rotaract Citation Form Interested clubs can download the rotaract_outstanding_projects.pdf and submit it to the District Governor World Rotaract Week Celebration no later than 31 March 2009. R e c o g n i t i o n F o r m f r o m : Submit your project to RI no later www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/ than 1 February 2009. rotaweek_03.pdf The submission deadline is 15 April 2009. Register now for the 2009 Rotaract Preconvention Meeting The 2009 Rotaract and encourage Rotaractors in your district to do the Preconvention Meeting will be same. held 19-20 June 2009 in Birmingham, England, To register, please download the RI Convention immediately prior to the Registration and Ticket Form from: www.rotary.org/ 100th annual RI Convention. RIdocuments/en_pdf/c09_registration_form_en.pdf and mail or fax it back to RI. (Please note that online At the meeting, the participants will have the registration is not available for Rotaractors). opportunity to discuss topics relevant to Rotaractors today in workshops and listen to exciting and You can also book rooms at Birmingham hotels online interesting speakers. It is a wonderful opportunity to www.rotaryaccommodation2009.birminghamconventio strengthen Rotaract in your district and build lasting nbureau.com friendships with Rotaractors from around the world. To register for optional social events organized by local Be sure to register for the meeting by 15 December to Rotaractors, please visit the Birmingham Rotaract Host qualify for the discounted convention registration fee, Committee Web site: www.brum09.com/
    • Page 6 Rotaract Newswire Rotaract Around the World - a Status Report Let us start with VITAL STATISTICS. As you know Rotaract • USA: 7 % statistics are problematic and it is difficult to receive exact • Philippines: 60 % figures especially of membership. The account is that we are inching very slowly up to 170,000 Rotaractors. • Italy: 52 % As of 31 March there were 7165 clubs which grew to 7343 and here are the percentage numbers of today. So far there were 480 new clubs certified this year. some other countries: The estimate is that there will be a total of 500 new clubs this year. Last year 534 clubs received certification. • Japan: 11% • England: 5.6% Rotaract is active in 525 district in 162 countries. • Korea: 8% The countries with the greatest number of Rotaract clubs • Australia: 4.6% are: • France: 7% • Germany: 18 % • India: 1762 • Canada: 7.7% • Brazil: 646 • Mexico: 36 % • USA: 533 • Sweden: 2 % • Philippines: 478 • Taiwan: 21 % • Italy: 397 • Belgium: 23 % • Turkey: 55 % But we get a much better understanding of the status of Rotaract if we check how many percent of Rotary clubs in As you can see there are many countries with much space for these countries do sponsor Rotaract clubs: Rotaract to grow. We need to show Rotary clubs the benefits of sponsoring Rotaract clubs. Rotaract is part of the future of • India: 69 % Rotary. Rotaractors are the future leaders in our professions, of • Brazil: 27 % our communities and our Rotary clubs. Address: RI President Dong-Kurn Lee at Preconvention 08 in LA It is always a pleasure for me to speak amazed by Rotaractors the world over. your community. You become to Rotaractors. But it is an even greater The quality of the projects you do is connected with others like you, and you pleasure to speak to all of you today as often an inspiration to your sponsor grow and learn from the example of we mark the 40th anniversary of the clubs. And your creativity and others. You learn practical skills. And beginning of Rotaract. enthusiasm spur us on to greater you benefit from being part of a network heights of service. - a network of Rotaractors and In just forty years Rotaract has grown Rotarians who know who you are and from an idea into a success story. Today So many of your peers have chosen to what you are capable of. Rotaract has over 7300 clubs in 163 spend this time of their lives in other countries and geographic areas. It has pursuits. They focus only on their And it is clear to me that all of you here over 165 00 members. And more careers or only on themselves. All of you are capable of a very great deal. The important - it has members who make a have chosen instead to look outward. best projects of Rotaract clubs rival difference. It has members who give of You have chosen instead to reach out to some of the best Rotary projects themselves, while learning and growing. your communities and your world. anywhere and are often done with fewer And it has members who bring honour resources. The energy and spirit of to all of Rotary. But as you have learned, in Rotaract as Rotaractors humbles us and inspires us in Rotary, service does not need to to achieve more. When Rotaract was first begun as a come at the expense of friendship or Rotary program, the goal was clear. The career. Rotaract often is a path to Rotary club goal was to bring more people into membership. And of course that how it Rotary service by opening a path to One of the great advantages of the should be. As each of you grows older, I Rotary to young adults. Many people Rotary model is that it allows us to hope that you will all choose to join a under the age of 30 are not quite ready combine service with pleasure. In our Rotary club, together with your friends to become Rotarians. But that is no meetings and in our projects, in from Rotaract. reason to leave such a resource everything we do through our districts untapped. Young people have the and clubs, we also enjoy the company But Rotaract is so much more than sim- energy, talent and creativity that Rotary and fellowship of our friends. In ply a path to Rotary. It is itself a part of service very much needs. They have the Rotaract each of you has discovered the the Rotary journey. Because our lives in desire and the drive to go out and same thing. And many of you have Rotary are a journey – not a destination. change the world. And Rotarians wanted discovered the professional advantage to help them. This is how Rotaract was of belonging - the advantages that have I hope that each of you will continue to born. long been part of being in Rotary. travel this Rotary journey with us. And I look forward to travelling it with each of In the last forty years I have been Being part of Rotary makes you a part of you.
    • Rotaract Newswire RI Rotaract Committee News Volume 1, Issue 2 January 2009 Message from Chair Terry Phillips Message from 1 Happy New Year to Rotaractors around the world! My best wishes to Chair Terry you and your clubs as 2009 unfolds. Our Rotaract/Rotary Year is Phillips already half over. Current events continue to remind us of those who need service from Rotaract and Rotary. Worldwide economic Learn to Find the 2 problems make providing help to others more of a challenge. Using Answers a sports quotation for teams facing adversity, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” seems to fit our present situation. RI Rotaract 3 Committee Your Club President should have received, or will shortly receive, a request from John Germ, Chair of Rotary’s US$100 Million Challenge Committee, and from me. We are asking Rotaract Clubs to help Rotary meet the Bill and Melinda Gates New Generations 4 Foundation challenge grant to END POLIO NOW. The Rotaract Committee at the E-newsletter Committee Meeting at Rotary International Headquarters held in November, 2008, set a How the 4 goal of US$100 per year for each Rotaract Club for 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and Committee 2010-2011. Please help us ensure that all Rotaractors are aware of this effort by passing this newsletter, our second, onto as many Rotaract Clubs and individual Communicates Rotaractors as you can. There are now only four countries in the world where the wild with you polio virus originates in those countries. Until it is eliminated from those four countries, Rotaract 5 the entire world must continue to immunize against polio at a Recognition & cost of billions of dollars per year. Your Club and individual Awards Inside this i ssue: contributions can help us eliminate this disease worldwide. We know this goal will not be easy for some to attain, but for many Submit your 5 clubs it can be significantly exceeded. Data to RI This is an opportunity to be part of a project of worldwide significance. Success with this effort will have historic Rotaract 6 consequences. Rotaract’s efforts to END POLIO NOW will Preconvention strengthen our image and our connections in the family of 2009 Rotary. Raising public awareness of Rotary’s eradication efforts will help in fundraising and in attracting new members for Rotaract and Rotary. As a reminder, please submit your club's 2009-10 contact information so that the data Rotaract can be included in next year's Worldwide Rotaract Directory. Submit this information to Rotary International online no later than 1 May. If you are not sure if your club is Preconvention officially certified, e-mail the Rotaract program coordinator at rotaract@rotary.org. Meeting 2009 I hope many of you will be able to join us in Birmingham, England at the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting, 19-20 June, and will stay afterwards for the RI Convention. At 18 - 21st June that meeting we should be able to celebrate our progress towards meeting the Rotaract and Rotary goals. The Committee is working on making the preconvention exciting and Birmingham, UK informative. We hope to see many of you there. Linked in Rotaract and Rotary Will you be there? Register today!
    • Page 2 Rotaract Newswire Rotaractors: Learn How to Find the Answers I often get questions from Rotaractors around the world Manual of Procedure - (MoP) on various topics. Sometimes I don't know the specific Start by reading Chapter 8, answer to the question, but I do know where to find the which is the chapter on New answer. Generations. Then, go to the start of the document, and It doesn't take much to become a Rotaract "expert." It is use the "search" feature in just a matter of taking the time to educate yourself. If Adobe Reader and search for you want to become a more informed Rotaractor, here the word "Rotaract". Read the are some top tips: information that you find everywhere the word Rotaract is mentioned. Some of the information will First, the basics: The first thing you should do is read the be more interesting than others, but I guarantee you Rotaract Handbook from front to back, and that means will learn something new. every word! Even if you have read it before, read it again. Every time I look at it, I am surprised at how many Rotary Code of Policy - (CoP) Start by reading section questions it actually DOES answer, and I seem to always 41.020, which is the section that deals with find something that I had overlooked before. You can Rotaract. You will actually see the Rotaract find the Rotaract Handbook on the RI Website via this Statement of Policy here. Then search for the word link:http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/562en.pdf "Rotaract". Read the info that you find everywhere the word Rotaract is mentioned. Read the The Rotaract Statement of Policy (SoP). The SoP is a summary of almost all the Rotary International And you can even take it a step further: If you really (RI) policies relating to Rotaract. These are the rules, want to expand your knowledge, look at some other folks… read them, know them. The Rotaract SoP is documents such as: contained within the Rotaract Handbook, and it is also available on the RI Website via this link: • The District Governor Training Manual - http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/660en.pdf http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/233en.pdf Read the Standard Rotaract Constitution and Bylaws. • The District Training Manual - http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/246en.pdf Every club must adopt and follow the Rotaract Constitution, and this is a pre-requisite to be a Rotaract And there are so many other Rotary documents club. An individual club cannot change anything in the available to you for free on the RI website. You just constitution, period! Only the Board of Directors of RI have to take some time to look around the website can change the constitution. and find them. There are even manuals for various Rotary club and district officers that may be helpful If a club wants to set specific rules for itself, this should be done within the bylaws. Sample bylaws are given for to Rotaract club and district officers. Rotaract clubs as a guideline. The club can change the When there is an issue and there is not a specific bylaws or add to them, so long as nothing Rotaract policy to address it: There are always new they state contradicts the constitution or any other RI and unique circumstances that arise, and policy. You can access the Standard Rotaract Constitu- sometimes there is no clear-cut answer. There are tion and Bylaws via this link: times when you have to use your good judgment. Of http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/661en.pdf course, the test for everything is always the 4-way test. If your decision or action doesn't fit the 4-way Now for the more advanced stuff: If you really want to test, then you shouldn't be doing it. And if someone become a Rotaract expert, you need to read the official else has violated the 4-way test, that doesn't mean RI policy documents. These documents are mainly the you should disregard the 4-way test when dealing Manual of Procedure and Rotary Code of Policy. with the issue. The Code of Policy is longer and more inclusive, and the However, when I have a question and there is not a Manual of Procedure, to me, seems to be more clear answer in Rotaract documents, I always go to succinct and is based on the Code of Policy. The Code of the RI website and look at the Rotary Manual of Policy contains everything that the Board of Directors or Procedure and Code of Policy. On many items, there the Council of Legislation has ever approved. are guidelines for Rotary, but Rotaract is not Both documents are available on the RI website via this specifically mentioned. (For example, there is a link: section on elections.) Whatever it says, I usually try http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/PoliciesAndProced to apply that to Rotaract, since that is the best ures/PolicyDocuments/Pages/ridefault.aspx guidelines we have. Written by Mary Kathryn DeLodder
    • Volume 1, Issue 2 Page 3 Who are the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee? Below are your representatives on the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of them. Rotary Representatives Chair: Terry N. Vice Chair: Dong- Member: Héctor A. Phillips (USA) Joon Lee (USA) Boffelli (Argentina) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2010) 2011) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: Since: 1978 Member of Rotary 1989 Since: 1984 Special Interests: Golf, travel - I’ve Special Interests: I enjoy reading and love to visited all but one of the US States and Special Interests: Reading and travel. I also enjoy training Rotarians, Rotarac- all but one of the continents of the world! Travelling tors, Interactors, RYLArians etc about Rotary. Email: tphilli1 [at] nycap.rr.com Email: rotary7230 [at] msn.com Email: beblo [at] sme.com.ar Member: Eva Brodehl Member: Donald Member: Michele D. Guy (Germany) Craighead (USA) (Canada) (Term ends 30 June 2011) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: 1992 Since: 2005 Since: 1978 Special Interests: Michele is Special Interests: Helping people Special Interests: Rotaract, passionate about friends, likes to help people as well as socializing and contributing to social to maintain & improve their networking and socialising events. She also likes to read the newspaper vision. front to back Email: eva.brodehl [at] gmx.net Email: dcraighead [at] iopener.net Email: mguy [at] couttscrane.com Rotaract Representatives Member: Lisa Burnett Member: You-Sun Member: Mary Kathryn (England) Lee (Korea) DeLodder (USA) (Term ends 30 June 2009) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Since: 2002 Special Interests: Lisa enjoys Special Interests: Spending time with swimming, Taebo boxing and Special Interests: Travelling and my husband, recycling, fish keeping, visiting new countries. meeting new people. Rotaract education Email: lisa [at] rotaract.org.uk Email: yiyusun [at] hotmail.com Email: mkdelodder [at] gmail.com Member: Lawi Sultan Member: Member: Juan Jose Njeremani (Kenya) Krishnakumar Martinez Rivas (Mexico) (Term ends 30 June Narayanan (India) (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) (Term ends 30 June 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 1996 Since: 2003 Member of Rotaract Since: 1998 Special Interests: Music - I have very Special Interests: reading, music, eclectic tastes! volunteerism, travelling, and Special Interests: Travelling exposure to world cultures. Email: lawisultan [at] gmail.com Email: nkrishna [at] visteon.com Email: juanjosevadeq[at]prodigy.net.mx
    • Page 4 Rotaract Newswire New Generations E-Newsletter Rotary International have started producing a New Generations e-newsletter each month. New Generations is a monthly e-newsletter designed to inform program participants and Rotarians about news and developments in Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA and to give you ideas on how to get more involved with these programs in your communities. The RI Rotaract Committee would like to encourage as many of you as possible to subscribe to this e-newsletter to hear about the success stories from around the World. To be added to the distribution list for the e-newsletter, please click on this link: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1101424972933&p=oi When the web page has loaded enter your email and click on submit. On the next page select New Generations_ Rotaract from the list and complete the other information, following the instructions on the screen. How the Committee Communicates with You It seems that every year at the other, as well as ways for the RI is a great way to annual Rotaract Preconvention Rotaract Committee to share and gather Meeting Rotaractors ask the communicate with you. information from question, “What does the RI a global Rotaract Rotaract Committee do? Why • The Rotaract Club group- a u d i e n c e . haven’t we heard from them?” http://www.facebook.com/hom Members of the Hopefully by now you know the e.php?#/group.php?gid=22047 RI Rotaract answer to the first part of the 78486&ref=ts Committee question. periodically send • The Rotaract page- out messages The Committee’s job is to advise http://www.facebook.com/hom and reminders of important Rotaract the RI Board of Directors on e.php?#/pages/Rotaract/1237 events, deadlines, and other matters related to Rotaract and to 1810796?ref=s information. You can join Rotaract- plan the Preconvention meeting. NET by visiting the link above. W h i le co mmu ni c a t ion wi t h • T h e R o t a r a c t c a u s e - RotaractNET is high volume mailing Rotaractors isn’t a part of our job http://apps.facebook.com/caus list, so you may want to elect to description, it can certainly make es/4438?fb_page_id=1237181 receive a daily digest of messages. our job easier. As a committee, we 0796&m=75537ad2&recruiter want to know what’s going on _id=13539395 RI Rotaract Committee Blog- throughout the Rotaract world, and http://rirotaract.blogspot.com/ we want you to know what we’ve Members of the RI Rotaract been up to. Committee send out Rotaract This blog was set up a few years ago update messages through the “The by a member of the RI Rotaract Com- RI provides no official tools for the Rotaract Club” group as well as the mittee and it still periodically used to RI Rotaract Committee to Rotaract page. In addition, there share information with communicate with Rotaractors are Facebook “events” for the Rotaractors. Feel free to follow the worldwide, but the committee does Preconvention in Birmingham, information posted on the blog! utilize a number of unofficial World Rotaract Week, and other communication channels. Below is special worldwide Rotaract events. RI Rotaract Committee Newsletter- a summary of these tools. Most of You’re reading it! these tools also allow Rotaractors RotaractNET- Finally, this newsletter is another way to communicate with each other http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ro taractnet/ the RI Rotaract Committee is trying to around the globe. stay in touch with Rotaractors this Facebook- www.facebook.com RotaractNET is a Yahoo! group set year. This newsletter, while an The social networking site up by Rotaractors for Rotaractors. informal communication channel, Facebook offers Rotaractors It is a listserv with over 3600 allows the committee the opportunity several ways to connect with each members from around the world. It to share important information with Rotaractors around the world.
    • Volume 1, Issue 2 Page 5 Rotaract Club Recognition and Awards As you help the Rotaract clubs in your World Rotaract Week Recognition RI Recognition district exemplify this year's theme, we During the week of 9-15 March 2009, of Outstanding encourage you to familiarize yourself Rotaract will celebrate the founding of Rotaract with the awards and recognition the first Rotaract club on 13 March Projects available to Rotaract clubs throughout 1968. Rotaract clubs around the world Each year, the 2008-09 year. Please review this are encouraged to partner with their hundreds of information and all relevant deadlines sponsor Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs submit details about carefully, sharing it with all those increase community awareness of the their exceptional community or involved in your programs. program through performing the international service projects to following activities: Rotary International. Rotaract Presidential Citation RI President Lee encourages Rotaract • Making a presentation about In the 2007-08 Rotary year, seven clubs to Make Dreams Real through Rotaract to a Rotary club that clubs were selected by the Rotaract creating a better future for children in doesn't yet sponsor a Rotaract club Committee to receive international their communities and throughout the • Inviting Rotarians to attend a and regional awards. world. Clubs that answer his call Rotaract club meeting To learn more about developing a can earn the 2008-09 Rotaract Presidential Citation. To qualify, • Attending a Rotary club meeting great community or international Rotaract clubs must complete any four • Conducting a joint Rotaract-Rotary service project, download the activities from the categories listed in Communities in Action publication club project the Presidential Citation Brochure from: www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ Those that join this celebration and tell en_pdf/605a_en.pdf (http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ the world about Rotaract will receive en_pdf/900a_en08.pdf). recognition for their work from Rotary To submit a project for the 2008-09 The Sponsor Rotary Club President must International. Rotary year, download the sign the Rotaract Citation Form and Outstanding Projects Form from: Interested clubs can download the submit it to World Rotaract Week Celebration www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ the District Recognition Form from: en_pdf/ Governor no www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/ rotaract_outstanding_projects.pdf later than 31 rotaweek_03.pdf March 2009. Submit your project to RI no later The submission deadline is 15 April than 1 February 2009. 2009. Submit your Data to RI by 1st May Did you know that your club needs to report its current Is your club info up to date? contact information to Rotary International every year? One hint is that if your club has not received any Having current contact information ensures that your communications from RI this Rotary year that may club will receive important communications from RI and mean they do not have your club's correct contact info. helps to keep RI records up to date. Submit your club's contact info by visiting this page on To date, 2,368 Rotaract clubs (out of a current total of the RI website: 7,442 clubs) have submitted 2008-09 contact http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/YouthPro information. At the time the Worldwide Rotaract Directory grams/Rotaract/Pages/Updatecontactinfo.aspx went to print in July 2008, 1,929 clubs had reported (out (*this page now works with the Firefox browser) of 7,396 clubs overall at that time). **Tip: The club contact person does not have to be the The Worldwide Rotaract Directory only prints contact club president. It can be the Rotarian advisor, the information for Rotaract clubs if it has been reported in communication director, or whoever the club prefers. the last two Rotary years. In this year's Rotaract directory, 3,838 clubs (out of 7,396) have reported Submit your 2009-10 data by 1st May 2009! contact information for 2007-08 or 2008-09 and To ensure your club is listed in The Worldwide Rotaract therefore included it in the directory. That also means Directory for 2009-10 you MUST submit your data to RI 3,558 Rotaract clubs were listed with no contact by 1st May 2009. Please put this date in your information. diary now!
    • Page 6 Rotaract Newswire Swinging Sixties Britain Firstly Happy New Year from all of the Burm09 crew - we hope you had an enjoyable festive season and are rested and raring to go for 2009. With less than 6 months remaining until the event of the year, have you registered for the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting and Social Program yet? No, then what are you waiting for? Join in the Swinging Sixties fun, let down your hair and socialise with Rotaractors from all over the world. We've got an amazing social program planned for you that includes: • An Indian Night - enjoy traditional curry, the UK's national dish, and Indian Dance • Swinging Sixties Theme Club Night including a free glass of bubbly • Brindley Place Pub Crawl around the great city canals • A Medieval Spectacular - Warwick Castle (HOC Ticket Event organised by Rotary) • Evening visit to the Snowdome - Snow, Ice & Leisure • Afternoon visit to Cadbury World and Bourneville It's going to be a superb event but places are limited so get in quick and join the other Rotaractors who have already registered - visit www.brum09.com to book your place. Preconvention Meeting: During the day you can join in the discussions at the Preconvention meetings taking place at the National Exhibition Arena (NEC) covering a wide range of topics relevant to Rotaractors today. Keynote speakers include the leadership of Rotary International. Remember this is the only "OFFICIAL" Rotary International sponsored Rotaract event for 2009 and the only one where the RI President will address Rotaractors specifically at our own convention meeting. It's truly international, not regional!! New Packages Added: We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all Rotary Family Members and invite you to join in the amazing social events that we've planned for Birmingham 2009. Even though the events have been planned with Rotaractors in mind there's no reason why Foundation Alumni and RYLArians can't join in the fun and fellowship. We've even created some packages especially with you in mind! Visit www.brum09.com to find out more. Feeling the penny pinch? Remember, as stated in the Rotaract Handbook (page 10), it states that the sponsoring Rotary Clubs/Districts should pay for Rotaract Leaders to receive official training...and the good news is...Birmingham qualifies. So do talk to your Sponsoring Club and ask for assistance with the cost of attending the Rotaract Preconvention 2009. With more good news for you - it's now cheaper than ever to come to the UK as the VAT (Value Added Tax) rate has just been lowered, meaning you pay less for hotels, food, entertainment etc. Its also good news for our American/European friends, with the strong Dollar/Euro compared to the Pound you can travel for less - so take advantage while this lasts! How Can You Register? • Visit our website www.brum09.com and book for the Rotaract Social Program • Get registered with Rotary International by downloading the pdf booking form. • Book your hotel - the ETAP International is the official Rotaract hotel but you'll need to book your room now to ensure you get in! Click here N.B This has been arranged by Rotary International and not the Rotaract Host Committee • Buy host event tickets online from www.rotaryconvention2009.com So don't miss out on this great opportunity to visit Birmingham, share ideas and best practice with Rotaractors from all over the world and take part in some great social events. Visit www.brum09.com for more information. We promise to show you a good time in Birmingham, the Heart of England, with a fun-filled social program and the opportunity to network with fellow Rotary Family members from all over the world.
    • Rotaract Newswire RI Rotaract Committee News Chair Terry Phillips - Who is my Brother (or Sister) In this Issue: The poem Brothers was written by the late Miles Martin and set to Message from 1 music by Carl Steubing. Both were members of my Rotary Club. I Chair Terry have sung this song many times at my church and have always Phillips found it very moving. Rotary Resource 2 “Who is that man in garments quaint and rare? Groups Who is that man who speaks in rhythms alien to my ear? Who is he? Who is he? RI Rotaract 3 To him I am as strange as he to me; Committee and in his questing eyes I read a silent plea. MDIOs 4 Who are you? Who are you? How sad it is we do not watch each other; Polio Challenge 4 but when he smiles, Update At once I recognize – my brother! I hope that he can see in me his brother.” Birmingham 5 Goes BIG! We have a great opportunity to meet our Rotaract brothers and sisters at the Rotaract Preconvention meeting in Birmingham, England. We are now about 7 Upcoming 6 weeks away. At this international Rotaract meeting we will bring together Rotaractors from around the world. We will meet old friends and make new friends. New Generations 6 We have planned an informative two day program for all attendees plus several fellowship activities to share with your Rotaract Family. All attendees are invited to stay for the Rotary Convention which follows immediately after. Rotaract and Rotary have brothers and sisters around the world that are not part of our organization. Some of them desperately need our help. Ending Polio Now is a key goal for our organization. When we achieve our goal of a polio free world, all our brothers and sisters around the globe will be free from this dreaded disease. Please help End Polio Now and send in your club’s contribution to The Rotary foundation. This is my last message to you as RI Rotaract Committee Chair. I am honored to have had this opportunity to serve and to make many new friends. I now have Rotaract brothers and sisters around the globe. Try to join us at our family reunion Rotaract in Birmingham. Preconvention Meeting 2009 Linked in Rotaract and Rotary PDG Terry Phillips, Chair RI Rotaract Committee 19 - 21st June Help us to share the exciting and informative information contained within this newsletter— we want it to reach as many Rotaractors and Rotarians as possible but we need your help. Birmingham, UK • Forward this newsletter to all your Club/District/Region/MDIO members • Add the newsletter to your Club/District/Region/MDIO website Will you be there? • Send this newsletter to the Rotarians in your sponsoring Rotary Clubs Register today! • Send this newsletter to your Rotary District Governor • Create a note on Facebook and link it to this newsletter
    • Page 2 Rotaract Newswire Rotary Resource Groups Each year, the Water Resource Group RI President Water is essential to human life, yet many people a p p o i n t s take it for granted. Today, 1.1 billion people – nearly r e s o u r c e 20 percent of the world’s population – lack access groups to help to safe, clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion live clubs and without basic sanitation facilities. Contaminated d i s t r i c t s water and inadequate sanitation exacerbate the a d d r e s s spread of preventable waterborne illnesses, specific issues in their communities but do you know resulting in the deaths of about 6,000 people every that as Rotaractors you too can use these groups to day, the majority of whom are children. The Water help with your club programs and promotion? Resource Group has been appointed to support Rotary’s efforts to address this important global For 2008-09, RI President Dong Kurn Lee has appointed issue. Besides providing information to Rotary clubs five resource groups to support his emphases and and districts, it urges every Rotarian to become reduce child mortality. These groups are: aware of water-related issues and participate in a water or sanitation project. The group also works to Heath & Hunger Resource Group identify, facilitate, and develop guidelines for major The Health and Hunger Resource Group supports Rotary Rotary water and sanitation efforts around the world. club and district efforts to improve health in their Find out more at: communities, especially among children and mothers. It http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/Rotaryleadership encourages projects that improve nutrition, reduce /RIpresident/Pages/Water.aspx vulnerability to preventable and treatable diseases, and increase access to safe drinking water and basic Youth & Young Adults Resource Group sanitation. Find out more at: Right now, tomorrow’s global leaders could be http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/Rotaryleadership/RI teenagers looking for a way to make a difference in president/Pages/HealthandHunger.aspx their communities, high school graduates experiencing their first year of college a long way Literacy Resource Group from home, and young professionals seeking More than 800 million people worldwide are unable to opportunities for service. They’re today’s youth and read or write; a lack of skills that makes them especially young adults, and their actions will significantly vulnerable to hunger, disease, and extreme poverty. shape the world’s future – and that of Rotary – for Child mortality is also closely linked to literacy rates. The years to come. Whether it’s through Interact, Literacy Resource Group connects Rotarians with the Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, or Rotary Youth information and tools they need to actively promote Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary’s youth programs literacy at home and abroad. It asks Rotary clubs to provide young people an opportunity to develop their learn about literacy and education issues in their character and embrace new experiences while communities and help increase access to quality exposing them to the organization’s values of learning opportunities for those in need. Find out more service, high ethical standards, and peace. at :http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/Rotaryleadership/RI The Youth Services Resource Group provides president/Pages/Literacy.aspx guidance to Rotary clubs and districts on projects and activities that serve youth in their communities. Public Image Resource Group The group also promotes information sharing and The Public Image Resource Group provides information best practices within Rotary’s four youth programs – and support to Rotary clubs and districts to help them Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange. Find promote projects, share success stories, and explain out more at: what Rotary is and does through the media. Group members, many of whom are public relations and http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/RotaryLeadershi marketing professionals, particularly focus on assisting p/RIPresident/Pages/Youth.aspx Rotarians, clubs, and districts in developing plans and initiating activities that will enhance the organization’s I hope you find these resource groups of use with local visibility and help implement Rotary’s global public your Rotaract activities. image campaign. Find out more at: http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/Rotaryleadership/RI Yours in the family of Rotary president/Pages/PublicImage.aspx Lisa Burnett
    • Volume 1, Issue 4 Page 3 Who are the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee? Below are your representatives on the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of them. Rotary Representatives Chair: Terry N. Vice Chair: Dong- Member: Héctor A. Phillips (USA) Joon Lee (USA) Boffelli (Argentina) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2010) 2011) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: Since: 1978 Member of Rotary 1989 Since: 1984 Special Interests: Golf, travel - I’ve Special Interests: I enjoy reading and love to visited all but one of the US States and Special Interests: Reading and travel. I also enjoy training Rotarians, Rotarac- all but one of the continents of the world! Travelling tors, Interactors, RYLArians etc about Rotary. Email: tphilli1 [at] nycap.rr.com Email: rotary7230 [at] msn.com Email: beblo [at] sme.com.ar Member: Eva Brodehl Member: Donald Member: Michele D. Guy (Germany) Craighead (USA) (Canada) (Term ends 30 June 2011) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: 1991 Since: 2005 Since: 1978 Special Interests: Michele is Special Interests: Helping people Special Interests: Rotaract, passionate about friends, likes to help people as well as socializing and contributing to social to maintain & improve their networking and socialising events. She also likes to read the newspaper vision. front to back Email: eva.brodehl [at] gmx.net Email: dcraighead [at] iopener.net Email: mguy [at] couttscrane.com Rotaract Representatives Member: Lisa Burnett Member: You-Sun Member: Mary Kathryn (England) Lee (Korea) DeLodder (USA) (Term ends 30 June 2009) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Since: 2002 Special Interests: Lisa enjoys Special Interests: Spending time with swimming, Taebo boxing and Special Interests: Travelling and my husband, recycling, fish keeping, visiting new countries. meeting new people. Rotaract education Email: lisa [at] rotaract.org.uk Email: yiyusun [at] hotmail.com Email: mkdelodder [at] gmail.com Member: Lawi Sultan Member: Member: Juan Jose Njeremani (Kenya) Krishnakumar Martinez Rivas (Mexico) (Term ends 30 June Narayanan (India) (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) (Term ends 30 June 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 1996 Since: 2003 Member of Rotaract Since: 1998 Special Interests: Music - I have very Special Interests: reading, music, eclectic tastes! volunteerism, travelling, and Special Interests: Travelling exposure to world cultures. Email: lawisultan [at] gmail.com Email: nkrishna [at] visteon.com Email: juanjosevadeq[at]prodigy.net.mx
    • Page 4 Rotaract Newswire Multi-District Information Organisations (MDIOs) Rotaract multidistrict information organizations Over the last 10 years, Rotaract MDIOs have been (MDIOs) function as regional resource centers for a driving force in enhancing communication & Rotaractors. They comprise Rotaract clubs in two or promoting Rotaract awareness & growth in many more districts, within a country or across several regions of the world. countries. MDIOs are formed to disseminate information and facilitate communication among So do you think your region could benefit from an Rotaract clubs in the participating districts. MDIO? If so get in touch with Rotary International (rotarat@rotary.org) to find out how you can do Rotaract MDIOs are excellent vehicles for this. communicating program updates, local and international news, and event bulletins, and for Also contact existing MDIOs to find out how they uniting Rotaractors from different clubs and districts work t, use the link below for the list: within a particular region. MDIOs frequently offer http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/Yout Rotaractors information in the form of publications, hPrograms/Rotaract/Pages/LinksToMDIOWebsite Internet services, and direct links with RI staff. s.aspx Polio Challenge Update Polio eradication Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge club were sponsored to go without has been remains crucial to its success. electricity, gas, phones, computers Rotary’s top R o t a ry h a s r a i s ed n e a r l y and all other mod-cons in aid of the priority since US$73 million toward this amount. Polio Challenge. 1985, with more But Rotaractors around the world than $1.2 billion can do their bit too. The club successfully raised over US$970. But they are not stopping contributed to the effort to date. You have a unique opportunity to there as they’re already planning This funding and the hands-on their next polio fundraiser. volunteering by Rotarians at be involved in the eradication of immunization days has helped polio and the chance to work The RI Rotaract Committee are also bring about a 99% decline in the together with others in the Rotary giving Rotaract Preconvention number of polio cases and family to fulfill the Rotary Participants the chance to help raise eradicated it from all but 4 commitment to the children of the funds for this cause by running a countries. world. message of hope project in Birmingham, UK this June. However, whilst there are still The 2008-09 Rotaract Committee people being infected by this are asking each Rotaract Club to Preconvention participants will be terrible disease the world will not raise US$100 per year for able to submit messages that will be be safe from its debilitating 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 displayed on-screen at the end of the effects. by doing some simple fundraisers. plenary sessions by donated US$5 to Rotaract clubs reaching the annual the Challenge. The Gates Foundation has pledged US$100 goal will receive a a further US$255 million to the certificate from Rotary challenge, taking the total International at the end of donation from the foundation to the year. US$355. So what have clubs been But this does not come free, doing to reach this goal? Rotary International must raise US$200 million dollars by 30th The Rotaract Club of June 2012 to match this grant. Maidenhead, D1090, UK organized a 24 hour The participation of Rotary clubs technology famine in March and individual Rotarians in this year. 6 members of the
    • Volume 1, Issue 4 Page 5 Birmingham is going BIG With 12 weeks to go, Birmingham already had 16,112 people registered, that compares with Copenhagen's final total of 14,807 and Barcelona's 19,052. At the current rate, Birmingham could be the best attended Rotary convention in Europe in recent times. So let's help break a record! I encourage every Rotaractor to attend the 2009 Rotaract Preconvention meeting taking place in Birmingham, UK from 18th - 21st June. Lets show Rotary the power of Rotaract by having the largest Rotaract attendance ever! The Swinging Sixties is coming to back to Birmingham, UK, in just over 1 months time, so don’t leave it too late to party on down and get your registration in today! Let your hair down, put on your flower-power hipsters and practice saying the words “groovy” at the Rotaract Preconvention Party Program – register today at www.brum09.com A groovy swinging sixties party program has been organised for you by Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland and includes: • Indian Theme Night with bollywood dancers, an Indian 2-course buffet and disco until 1am • A Swinging Sixties Club Night with 6 different bars to party in and a Champagne reception • A traditional English pub crawl around the city canals with some great discounts on drinks • An evening visit to the Snowdome for some indoor fun on real snow • An afternoon visit to Cadbury World, uncovering a world of chocolate delights Don’t miss out on the biggest party Birmingham has ever seen and get your registration in today – visit www.brum09.com. The Preconvention meetings give you an opportunity to meet Rotaractors from all over the world, to share ideas and cultures and make friends from every continent in the world. By staying on for the Rotary Convention you get to meet Rotarians interested in the future of Rotaract willing to listen to your ideas and opinions. Speakers & Workshops The RI Rotaract Committee have planned a great preconvention program that includes speakers from all over the world, including a special address by Rotary International President D.K Lee, presentation of the Rotaract Outstanding Projects and an update on the status of Rotaract around the world. They have also planned some interesting and inspiring workshops so Rotaractors from around the world can share ideas, best practices and discuss topics that are affecting their clubs and districts. Some favourite workshop are making a return including focus on the DRR, how to organise effective international and fundraising projects, as well as some new workshops for this year such as how to kickstart a struggling club, how to create new Rotaract Clubs, how to implement district training and open forum discussions where you set the agenda. Mary Kathryn DeLodder says she comes to Preconvention “because it helps me to understand the truly global na- ture of the Family of Rotary. It is amazing to meet Rotaractors and Rotarians from around the world and know that you have something in common with them all. Also, the opportunities for fellowship, both during the Preconvention events and in the eve- nings, are amazing! It is where memories are made." • To register for the party events visit www.brum09.com and pay online • To register with Rotary International - this can now only be done on-site The whole of the Rotary International Rotaract Committee looks forward to seeing you in Birmingham.
    • Page 6 Rotaract Newswire Upcoming Events Many Rotaract multidistrict groups organize their own conferences, seminars, or meetings at which Rotaractors come together to discuss issues of importance beyond the district level. Here is a list of the upcoming ones (that we are aware of): European Rotaract Convention (EUCO) 2009 This meeting, to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 April-3 May 2009, is hosted by Rotaractors from District 2420. The organizers are expecting hundreds of Rotaractors from around Europe to attend. Learn more at www.euco2009istanbul.org. Rotaract in Great Britain and Ireland (RGBI) Conference 2009 This meeting, to take place in Cardiff, Wales, 1-4 May 2009, is hosted by Rotaractors from District 1090. Rotaractors from all across Great Britain and Ireland will be attending to share ideas and have a good time. Learn more at www.rgbi2009.org.uk. United States, Canada, and Caribbean (USCC) Rotaract Conference 2009 The conference, to take place in San Jose, California, USA, 16-19 July 2009, is hosted by Rotarac- tors in District 5170. The conference theme is "Get Connected" with passionate Rotaractors to solve problems and accomplish club goals. The organizers are expecting over 150 Rotaractors from around North America and the Caribbean to attend. Learn more at www.uscc2009.org. Interota Interota, a worldwide Rotaract meeting held every three years, is organized and sponsored by Rotaractors. It provides Rotaractors with a forum for sharing ideas, concerns, and experiences with other Rotaract club members around the world. Participants are also treated to sightseeing and other cultural events throughout the weeklong event. Although Interota is not an official Rotary International meeting, the RI Board of Directors recognizes its value and supports the event by approving its program content and by ensuring representation of RI leadership. The next Interota meeting will take place in 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. New Generations Email Rotary International have started producing a New Generations e-newsletter each month. New Generations is a monthly e-newsletter designed to inform program participants and Rotarians about news and developments in Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA and to give you ideas on how to get more involved with these programs in your communities. The RI Rotaract Committee would like to encourage as many of you as possible to subscribe to this e-newsletter to hear about the success stories from around the World. To be added to the distribution list for the e-newsletter, please click on this link: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1101424972933&p=oi When the web page has loaded enter your email and click on submit. On the next page select New Generations_ Rotaract from the list and complete the other information, following the instructions on the screen.
    • Rotaract Newswire RI Rotaract Committee News Investing in the Future Message from 1 It seemed to me that since most of the world is struggling with a Chair Terry significant economic downturn, it is appropriate for me to talk about Phillips Investing in the Future. On February 9, I made an investment in my future. I had my right hip joint replaced. I am continuing to support Use of the 2 that investment by working out and having therapy. By the time we Rotaract Logo meet in Birmingham at the Rotaract Preconvention, I hope to be Chair Terry investing recovered to the point that I will not be limping. I hope my investment RI Rotaract 3 in his future with a will have paid off. Committee rehabilitation walk. Rotaract and Rotary Clubs are investing in the future of the world Submit Your 6 through the service that they provide. As you should know by now, the RI Rotaract Data to RI Committee has approved asking each Rotaract Club to make a contribution of a minimum of $100 US for each of the next three years. Each Rotaract Club should have The Future of 6 received a letter from me and Past RI Vice-President John Germ, Rotary International Rotary is in Your Polio Chair, requesting them to help us meet the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation US Hands $100 million challenge. Rotaract Clubs and Rotaractors around the world can make an investment in the future by partnering with Rotary to meet this challenge. Rotaract Awards 7 Most of us will never meet the children that we help protect from this dreaded disease Rotaract 7 even though this effort is aimed at all the children of the world. In fact it is also aimed Preconvention Inside this i ssue: at children that have not been born yet. The current children of the world include your 2009 relatives, your neighbors, and your friends. Some of you will be the parents of those End Polio Now 8 unborn children. The Committee is aware that our challenge to you is more difficult for some clubs than others. Some clubs can significantly exceed the $100 US minimum. For other clubs it will be a struggle. I personally believe that it is reasonable that all clubs can reach the minimum. Remember that individuals can also contribute as part of this effort. Invest in the future and help us End Polio Now. I need to remind you that if you have not, you need to register for the Rotaract Preconvention in Birmingham, England, 19-20 June. If at all possible you should plan on staying for the Rotary Convention which follows. I also need to remind you to please turn in your club's 2009-10 contact information so that the data can be included in next year's Worldwide Rotaract Directory. Please submit this information to Rotary International no later than 1 May. If you are not sure if your club is officially certified, e-mail the Rotaract program coordinator at Rotaract rotaract@rotary.org. Preconvention Linked in Rotaract and Rotary Meeting 2009 PDG Terry Phillips, Chair RI Rotaract Committee Help us to share the exciting and informative information contained within this newsletter— 19 - 21st June we want it to reach as many Rotaractors and Rotarians as possible but we need your help. Birmingham, UK • Forward this newsletter to all your Club/District/Region/MDIO members • Add the newsletter to your Club/District/Region/MDIO website • Send this newsletter to the Rotarians in your sponsoring Rotary Clubs Will you be there? • Send this newsletter to your Rotary District Governor Register today! • Create a note on Facebook and link it to this newsletter
    • Page 2 Rotaract Newswire Do you know how to use the Rotaract Logo? Did you know that there are guidelines for using Rotary symbol. This manual will encourage consistency in and Rotaract Logos? I became aware of the importance the use and placement of the gearwheel by all of proper use of Rotaract logos while at the Rotaract Rotary organizations." Preconvention Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. We had a lot of discussion on this topic. You may also note where this manual discusses *improper* uses of the Rotary logo. Again, these The only official Rotaract logos are the ones that appear same principals should apply to the Rotaract logo as h e r e o n t h e R I w e b s i t e : well: http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/SiteTools/Graphics/ P a g e s / R I P r o g r a m s L o g o s . a s p x "The Rotary logo should never be used as part of some other frivolous design.... Even though There are many other logos out there that people have computers make it increasingly possible to created that look very nice, but the fact of the matter is "enhance" the wheel's design — to give it a depth that they are not proper Rotaract logos. There are some dimension... Rotarians should resist that temptation. very nice logos that look more 3-D or shiny. While these Likewise, they should always honour the official look nice, it is not okay to use them. It is okay to change design, never embellishing it or recreating it in a the color of the logo that is solid black, as long as you version of their own. Another offense to the wheel is change it to another solid color (for example, red). to overprint it as a background for some other text.... The wheel should always be used in its entirety and There is some very interesting information online here: un-obscured by type or any other design element." http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/547en.pdf Even though most of these references specifically list This means that you should not alter the Rotary or the "Rotary" logo and not the Rotaract logo, according to Rotaract logo itself in any way. It is okay to the Rotary Manual of Procedure, Part 5, page 156 we incorporate the logos into a special logo for your club should follow the same guidelines when using the or project, but you should make sure that the rest of Rotaract logo: the logo does not obstruct or alter the official Rotary or Rotaract logo in any way. "...the guidelines governing the use of the Rotary Marks apply to the Interact and Rotaract names and em- Now, I know that there are many clubs out there who blems... (RCP 33.005., 34.010.)" may have used the Rotaract logo in ways that are contrary to these guidelines set forth by RI. There Perhaps the most interesting document available on the are no "Rotary police" that will come and scold you RI website is the "Visual Identity Style Manual." (linked for improper logo use (well, I have heard that there above) It states: are some Rotaractors who are very strict about this "Rotary clubs and districts throughout the world create in some countries :) ), but I believe it is our duty to thousands of pieces of printed materials to meet a try and uphold the integrity of these logos for our variety of needs. They must have letterheads and organization. Please use this information to your envelopes, personal cards, brochures and program advantage. leaflets, club bulletins and district newsletters. These materials appear in a bewildering variety of designs and Written by Mary Kathryn DeLodder formats, some modern and sophisticated, others lacking in those qualities. The Rotary International Board of Can you find the mistakes? Directors called for publication of this manual in the This photo was in the January 2009 issue of The interest of fostering a recognized visual identity for all Rotarian. Take a look at this photo. How many Rotary publications. The manual is intended to guide "violations" Rotarians toward a goal of creating a positive, can you spot? professional image for publications at all levels of the There are 7 organization. A major component of this effort to things not reinforce Rotary's visual identity is to make Rotarians quite right can aware of how the organization's Rotary gearwheel you spot them emblem is properly used, thereby protecting the integrity all? Find the of this distinctive symbol. This manual will encourage answers in the consistency in the use and placement . February issue A major component of this effort to reinforce Rotary's of The visual identity is to make Rotarians aware of how the Rotarian, but organization's Rotary gearwheel emblem is properly no cheating! used, thereby protecting the integrity of this distinctive
    • Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 3 Who are the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee? Below are your representatives on the 2008-2009 Rotaract Committee, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of them. Rotary Representatives Chair: Terry N. Vice Chair: Dong- Member: Héctor A. Phillips (USA) Joon Lee (USA) Boffelli (Argentina) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2010) 2011) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: Since: 1978 Member of Rotary 1989 Since: 1984 Special Interests: Golf, travel - I’ve Special Interests: I enjoy reading and love to visited all but one of the US States and Special Interests: Reading and travel. I also enjoy training Rotarians, Rotarac- all but one of the continents of the world! Travelling tors, Interactors, RYLArians etc about Rotary. Email: tphilli1 [at] nycap.rr.com Email: rotary7230 [at] msn.com Email: beblo [at] sme.com.ar Member: Eva Brodehl Member: Donald Member: Michele D. Guy (Germany) Craighead (USA) (Canada) (Term ends 30 June 2011) (Term ends 30 June 09) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Member of Rotary Since: 1991 Since: 2005 Since: 1978 Special Interests: Michele is Special Interests: Helping people Special Interests: Rotaract, passionate about friends, likes to help people as well as socializing and contributing to social to maintain & improve their networking and socialising events. She also likes to read the newspaper vision. front to back Email: eva.brodehl [at] gmx.net Email: dcraighead [at] iopener.net Email: mguy [at] couttscrane.com Rotaract Representatives Member: Lisa Burnett Member: You-Sun Member: Mary Kathryn (England) Lee (Korea) DeLodder (USA) (Term ends 30 June 2009) (Term ends 30 June (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Since: 2002 Special Interests: Lisa enjoys Special Interests: Spending time with swimming, Taebo boxing and Special Interests: Travelling and my husband, recycling, fish keeping, visiting new countries. meeting new people. Rotaract education Email: lisa [at] rotaract.org.uk Email: yiyusun [at] hotmail.com Email: mkdelodder [at] gmail.com Member: Lawi Sultan Member: Member: Juan Jose Njeremani (Kenya) Krishnakumar Martinez Rivas (Mexico) (Term ends 30 June Narayanan (India) (Term ends 30 June 2009) 2009) (Term ends 30 June 2009) Member of Rotaract Member of Rotaract Since: 1996 Since: 2003 Member of Rotaract Since: 1998 Special Interests: Music - I have very Special Interests: reading, music, eclectic tastes! volunteerism, travelling, and Special Interests: Travelling exposure to world cultures. Email: lawisultan [at] gmail.com Email: nkrishna [at] visteon.com Email: juanjosevadeq[at]prodigy.net.mx
    • Page 4 Rotaract Newswire Happy 41st Since its launch in 1968 by Rotary International, Ro develop many peoples’ skills and abilities. Membe world-wide and have truly made a difference to ou recognising and celebration World Rotaract Day on This year the Rotaract Club of Bombay North Island, Mumbai, India, will be cele ing World Rotaract Day running a project called “Adopt a Tree” They will be pla 41 trees to commemorate the 41st year of Rotaract worldwide. The Club invites every Rotaract club worldwide to pledge one tree with us an return they request you to plant one tree for them in your area. So, we plant on you and you plant one in exchange! Another highlight this year will be that th trees pledged with us will be planted by students from Kalyandeep School, whi for mentally and physically challenged children. So log on to www.bni.in/tree and pledge your support. The Rotaract Club of Maidenhead, District 1090, England, plan to celebrate their diversity and mark World Rotaract Week in style with a World Culture Party taking place on Tuesday 10th March. Club President, Lisa Burnett, told us a bit more about the event, “each member in our club has selected a country and is bringing something to represent that country e.g. music, art work, game, dance, photos; and something for everyone to taste from that country to the event so we can learn more about the cultures of the world.” They are also contacting Rotaract Clubs based in these countries to find out how they hold their meetings and what projects they are doing this year so in a monthly street mark they can learn more about their international friends and share ideas. They take place on 14th Ma may even try to have a web chat with a club in South Africa during the event. mote literacy in Rotary selling books at low pric Not only is this a unique cultural event, Maidenhead Rotaract are also using it to raise funds for their charity of funds to participate in th the year, The Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust paign. The Rotaract Club of Iasi, Romania will be visiting a local Usually in District 9200 they celebra foundation called "Speranta" which means Hope. It is a decided to celebrate as one, which is home to family-abused women and children. The foundation houses about 10 women and 15 children, All the Rotaract Clubs in the district aged 1 to 15 years old. made by Rotaractors to those presen Day. They are planning on congratulating the women who had the courage to leave their abusive husbands and fathers The last part of the week sees all th to seek refuge in this social home. As recognition of their children with the theme, UNITE AGA courage we are taking flowers for the mothers and good- and thereafter a Fundraising Dinner ies for the children. Clubs of Kenya, will have Rotaract a and end the week with a Blood Dona The Rotaract Club of Iasi wants to express its concern in the growing numbers of ill-treated women Donation Drive and visit orphanages and support them in their sound decision of recognising when abused and seeking help. will donate clothes to rehabilitation orphanage and end with a marathon
    • Birthday Rotaract otaract has been serving thousands of diverse communities and helped to ers have raised millions in support of thousands of charities and projects ur planet and the people. As Rotaract enters its 41st year, how are you 13th March? ebrat- The Rotaract Club of Denpasar-Bali, District 3400, District 4280, Colombia will be nting Indonesia plan to celebrate World Rotaract Week in the celebrating World Rotaract Week with a following ways: district event entitled “Full Hands”. The purpose of the event is to promote the nd in 1. We will join our Rotary sponsor meeting importance of voluntary blood donation. ne for 2. We invite our Rotary sponsor to come to our meeting This is not a new project and is fact the he 41 3. We will come to a Rotary club who don't have a Rotaract 12th time they have run this campaign. ich is club yet In each campaign they collect around 4. We will have a joint community project with our Rotary 2,000 units of blood, with each unit sponsor helping to save 3 lives! T h e District 3860 is celebrating Rotaract Week by Rotaract Cities. In Cebu City, the council there planned Club of a week long celebration from March 8-15, The Rotaract Club of Manila will S a n t o 2009. Their activities are, March 8-Opening spearhead several joint activities T i r s o Ceremony, March 9-13- Sports Fest @ night within District 3810 to mark this (District so as to include the University-based clubs; special occasion. Events include 1970 - and on the night of the 14th, they will have a attending the weekly meeting of our Por tug al ) closing ceremony and award presentation at Sponsoring Rotary Club, participat- is plan- a Rotaract camp. ing in a Grand Assembly with the ning a other clubs in the district and on book stall While here in Davao City, we plan to do March 14, the Presidents of the ket in our town that will community service on our adopted Rotaract Clubs in the District will rch. We intend to pro- community on March 13. During that day, we bring children from Sagip Kabataan y Literacy's Month by will give lectures to the community on topics such as their safety in the (a center for street children that is ces. We will also collect community, fire prevention, healthy practices in preparing their foods managed by Rotary Manila) to a he End Polio Now cam- and what are the cost-effective ways of getting proper nutrition on their local TV Station for an educational children. tour and to watch several shows. ate World Rotaract Week in their individual clubs with different projects, but this year they have The Rotaract Club of São Paulo - s no mean feat as the district includes Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Eritria. United Nations, Brazil have a range of events planned to mark t will have joint fellowships with there sponsoring Rotary Clubs which will include presentations World Rotaract Week, including a nt. This will be followed by a joint fellowship with all Rotaract clubs taking place on World Rotaract visit to their Sponsor Rotary, a party district meeting in which our entire family of Rotary District he clubs doing various community projects - the Rotaract clubs of Uganda will have a charity for will be there and have a formal AINST CHILD ABUSE, a Blood Donation which will be carried on during and after the charity walk session in the to raise funds for four projects of children at risk in four districts. On the same day the Rotaract City Council of awareness seminars in schools and institutions, rotaract publicity presentations to Rotary clubs Rotaract, ation and tree planting project. In the mean time the Rotaract Clubs of Tanzania, will have a Blood which involves s to give clothes, food and career guidance to the children. Finally the Rotaract clubs of Ethiopia, the Districts n centres for girls who have been sexually abused, plant trees, donate and read books to an 4420, 4430 for Rotaract awareness. and 4610.
    • Page 6 Rotaract Newswire Submit your Data to RI by 1st May Did you know that your club needs to report its current contact information for 2007-08 or 2008-09 and contact information to Rotary International every year? therefore included it in the directory. That also means Having current contact information ensures that your 3,558 Rotaract clubs were listed with no contact club will receive important communications from RI and information. helps to keep RI records up to date. Submit your 2009-10 data by 1st May 2009! To date, 2,368 Rotaract clubs (out of a current total of To ensure your club is listed in The Worldwide Rotaract 7,442 clubs) have submitted 2008-09 contact Directory for 2009-10 you MUST submit your data to RI information. At the time the Worldwide Rotaract Directory by 1st May 2009. Please put this date in your went to print in July 2008, 1,929 clubs had reported (out diary now! of 7,396 clubs overall at that time). Submit your club's contact info by visiting this page on The Worldwide Rotaract Directory only prints contact the RI website: information for Rotaract clubs if it has been reported in http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/YouthPro the last two Rotary years. In this year's Rotaract grams/Rotaract/Pages/Updatecontactinfo.aspx directory, 3,838 clubs (out of 7,396) have reported (*this page now works with the Firefox browser) The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands T h e 2 0 0 9 - 1 0 R I t h e m e has to be involved." acknowledges the important role individual Rotary clubs will play in Chuck Cicchella, governor-elect shaping the future of Rotary. of District 6710 (Kentucky, USA), likes the theme's emphasis on RI President-elect John Kenny the future. "I have always had a unveiled the theme, The Future of strong desire to nurture along Rotary Is in Your Hands, during the young people. It's vital to us." opening plenary session of the International Assembly , an annual Kenny emphasized that every Kenny said. training event in San Diego, Rotary club is and must be California, USA, for incoming autonomous. Kenny concluded his remarks by district governors. sharing a favorite saying from his "Everything begins and ends with homeland, Scotland: "We must look "The future of Rotary will not be our clubs," he said. "Our clubs can beyond our own parish pump." shaped at RI headquarters -- it will and do work together; they work be shaped in each and every through their own districts, in "It means that we must look beyond Rotary club," Kenny said, "because cooperation with other clubs and our own home and our own it is for each of us -- as Rotarians -- districts, and with the support of community," Kenny said. "We must to do what is necessary to keep our Foundation. look beyond our own needs, and we Rotary strong." must be aware that ours is only one "But at the end of the day, community, of one country, of the K e n n y a c k n o w l e d g e d t h e everything that we accomplish is many communities and countries in foundation established by past done through the strength of our this world." Rotary leaders and laid the clubs. And so each club must have responsibility for building upon that autonomy to serve where and how By Arnold R. Grahl success on every Rotarian. it can serve best." Rotary International News 19 January 2009 "Each one of us is standing on the At the same time, Kenny shoulders of generations of highlighted the importance of the This is a great theme for Rotaract— Rotarians past, and it is our RI Strategic Plan , adopted by the we are part of the future of Rotary responsibility to determine Rotary’s RI Board of Directors, as an and can really use this theme to our future," Kenny said. essential tool in providing advantage - showing Rotary the continuity. value of the program whist at the "The goals we set, whatever our "The plan is designed to strengthen same time recruiting new people to action plan, it is in our hands to and proclaim the core values of take Rotary forwards for centuries to accomplish or not," said Kazeem Rotary: service, fellowship, come... Mustapha, governor-elect of District 9125 (Nigeria). "Everybody diversity, integrity, and leadership,"
    • Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 7 Rotaract Club Recognition and Awards As you help the Rotaract clubs in your district exemplify World Rotaract Week Recognition this year's theme, we encourage you to familiarize yourself During the week of 9-15 March 2009, Rotaract with the awards and recognition available to Rotaract will celebrate the founding of the first Rotaract clubs throughout the 2008-09 year. Please review this club on 13 March 1968. Rotaract clubs around the world are encouraged to partner with their sponsor information and all relevant deadlines carefully, sharing it Rotary clubs and increase community awareness of the with all those involved in your programs. program through performing the following activities: Rotaract Presidential Citation • Making a presentation about Rotaract to a Rotary RI President Lee encourages Rotaract clubs to Make club that doesn't yet sponsor a Rotaract club Dreams Real through creating a better future for children • Inviting Rotarians to attend a Rotaract club in their communities and throughout the world. Clubs that meeting answer his call can earn the 2008-09 Rotaract • Attending a Rotary club meeting Presidential Citation. To qualify, Rotaract clubs must complete any four activities from the categories listed in • Conducting a joint Rotaract-Rotary club project the Presidential Citation Brochure (http://www.rotary.org/ Those that join this celebration and tell the world about RIdocuments/en_pdf/900a_en08.pdf). Rotaract will receive recognition for their work from Ro- tary International. The Sponsor Rotary Club President must sign the Rotaract Citation Form and submit it to the District Governor no Download the World Rotaract Week Celebration Recogni- later than 31 March 2009. tion Form from: www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/ rotaweek_03.pdf The submission deadline is 15 April 2009. Rotaract Preconvention - will you be there? Let's break a record! I encourage every Rotaractor to attend the 2009 Rotaract Preconvention meeting taking place in Birmingham, UK from 18th - 21st June. Lets show Rotary the power of Rotaract by having the largest Rotaract attendance ever! The Preconvention meetings give you an opportunity to meet Rotaractors from all over the world, to share ideas and cultures and make friends from every continent in the world. By staying on for the Rotary Convention you get to meet Rotarians interested in the future of Rotaract willing to listen to your ideas and opinions. So why should you come to Brum09? 1. Be part of Rotary history as it’s the 100th Convention 2. Meet with fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians from all over the world to share ideas and enjoy fun and fellowship 3. With the very low pound (£GBP) compared to the US$ and EURO there’s never been a better time to visit 4. The next Rotary Convention in Europe is five years away in 2014 5. The Rotaract Host Committee are organising some great party events for you to enjoy For 7 additional reasons to come to the Rotaract Preconvention and to register for the party events visit www.brum09.com Mary Kathryn DeLodder says she comes to Preconvention “"because it helps me to understand the truly global nature of the Family of Rotary. It is amazing to meet Rotaractors and Rotarians from around the world and know that you have something in common with them all. Also, the opportunities for fellowship, both during the Preconvention events and in the evenings, are amazing! It is where memories are made." Lisa Burnett commented “I think I can easily say attending Preconventions is one of the best Rotaract experiences I’ve had since I joined just over 8 years ago.” • To register for the party events visit www.brum09.com • To register with Rotary International visit http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/c09_registration_form_en.pdf The whole of the Rotary International Rotaract Committee looks forward to seeing you in Birmingham.
    • Page 8 Rotaract Newswire Bill Gates Announces new US$255 Million Grant to End Polio The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded US$255 million to Rotary International in the global effort to eradicate polio, bringing the total committed by Rotary and the Gates Foundation to $555 million. Shortly after meeting with incoming district governors from the four countries where the wild poliovirus is endemic -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- Bill Gates announced the new grant on Wednesday morning at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “Rotarians, government leaders, and health professionals have made a phenomenal commitment to get us to a point at which polio afflicts only a small number of the world’s children,” Gates said. “However, complete elimination of the poliovirus is difficult and will continue to be difficult for a number of years. Rotary in particular has inspired my own personal commitment to get deeply involved in achieving eradication.” In response to the new $255 million Gates Foundation grant, Rotary will raise $100 million in matching funds. In November 2007, RI received a $100 million Gates Foundation grant, which Rotary committed to match by raising $100 million. The two Gates Foundation challenge grants now total $355 million. Rotary International’s matching effort in response is called Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, which must be completed by 30 June 2012. The $255 million grant is one of the largest challenge grants ever given by the Gates Foundation and the largest received by Rotary in its 104-year history. Rotary will spend the grant in direct support of immunization activities carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which is spearheaded by RI and its partners , the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. Rotary will distribute the funds through grants to WHO and UNICEF. The participation of Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians in Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge remains crucial to its success. Rotary has raised nearly $73 million toward this amount: $62 million in contributions and $11 million in commitments. Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985, with more than $1.2 billion contributed to the effort. Gates praised Rotary for providing the volunteers, advocates, and donors who have helped bring about a 99% decline in the number of polio cases. “The world would not be where it is without Rotary, and it won’t get where it needs to go without Rotary,” he said. The final hurdle still is ahead, said RI President-elect John Kenny. This grant shows that the Gates Foundation is just as committed as Rotary to ridding the world of this disease, he said. By Arnold R. Grahl and Dan Nixon, Rotary International News -- 21 January 2009 Rotaractors: Take on the Polio Challenge You have a unique opportunity to be involved in the eradication of polio and the chance to work together with others in the Rotary family to fulfill the Rotary commitment to the children of the world. The 2008-09 Rotaract Committee are asking each Rotaract Club to raise US$100 per year for 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 by doing some simple fundraisers. Rotaract clubs reaching the annual US$100 goal will receive a certificate from Rotary International at the end of the year. We hope that your Rotaract club will reach out to the community to raise awareness of polio and of Rotary’s eradication efforts. Holding public fundraisers are a great way to spread the word in your community while helping your club reach its goal for the year. Together, Rotaractors and Rotarians could raise twice the challenge grant's goal. If you need any help organizing a fundraiser or need fundraising ideas, please contact Rotary Foundation staff at: rotary’s100millionchallenge@rotary.org. Thank you for dedication to Rotaract. With your support, we will be able to meet this challenge and END POLIO NOW. Terry Phillips, RI Rotaract Committee Chair 2008-09
    • Rotaract Newswire RI Rotaract Committee News July 2009 Chair Dong-Joon Lee Rotaractors and Rotarians, it is a privilege to serve as the 2009-2010 In this Issue: Chairman of the Rotary International Rotaract Committee, and I would like to thank RI President John Kenny for the opportunity. I’d also like to Message from 1 recognize last years’ committee members who worked so hard during the Chair Dong-Joon previous Rotary year. Lee In addition, I’d like to congratulate and thank Lisa Hunter and Mary Kathryn DeLodder for preparing such a great 2009 Preconvention meeting and the members of the Rotaract Host Achievements of 2 Organizing Committee for a fabulous party program. This is truly an international event and an the 2008-09 ideal platform for us to share ideas and meet friends from all over the globe. Committee Yet in order for these gatherings to be successful, we not only need the dedicated individuals behind the scenes, but also all of you around the globe to attend. Your participation is what RI Rotaract 3 makes Rotaract the dynamic and energetic organization it is. You are helping motivate young Committee people from around the world to develop their skills and are contributing to their communities through service projects and activities. Rotaractors 4 Make Dreams Rotaract enables people to gain exposure to enriching experiences with an international component, and develop long-lasting friendships. For Rotarians, it provides an exciting Real at 2009 opportunity to work with the young people in their communities, and to help them learn and Preconvention, mature into our future leaders. Birmingham, UK As Chair of the RI Rotaract Committee, I will focus on strengthening this relationship between Polio Challenge 6 Rotaract Clubs and their Sponsor Rotary Clubs. Some Rotaract Clubs are already fortunate Update enough to have strong relationships with their sponsoring clubs, while others still have room for improvement. For Rotaract clubs to maximize their resources, it is critical that Rotary clubs play an active and supportive role, and that the lines of communication between the organizations New Generations 6 remain open. In achieving this goal, I plan to work closely with my new talented and diverse team. I am confident that we will build upon the successes of our predecessors to continue to make Rotaract a valuable and fun organization for young people all over the globe. I am excited for what we can accomplish together, and I look forward to working with all of you to gather feedback and provide recommendations to the Board that might further improve the Rotaract program. In a collaborative and cooperative manner, we can identify the best ways to strengthen the relationships between Rotaract clubs and their sponsoring Rotary clubs. Having seen your enthusiasm during the 2009 preconvention, I feel energized and excited to continue working with you as the Chair of the Rotaract Committee. I would also like to encourage you to accept President Kenney’s invitation to attend next year’s preconvention in Montreal, Canada. Given how much fun we had in Birmingham, I’m already looking forward to seeing all of our Rotaract and Rotarian friends again next year. In closing, I would like to recognize Terry Phillips for his leadership as chairman during 2008-09, as well as the past committee members. My sincere thanks also go to Haris Sofradzija for his tireless efforts in support of our work. I am honored to serve as Chairman of the RI Rotaract Committee for 2009-10, and I look forward to an exciting and productive year. Help us to share the exciting and informative information contained within this newsletter — we want it to reach as many Rotaractors and Rotarians as possible but we need your help. • Forward this newsletter to all your Club/District/Region/MDIO members 2009-10 Rotary • Add the newsletter to your Club/District/Region/MDIO website International Theme • Send this newsletter to the Rotarians in your sponsoring Rotary Clubs & District Governor • Create a note on Facebook and link it to this newsletter
    • Page 2 Rotaract Newswire 2008-09 Status Report - What your Committee Achieved For the second year in a row, the Rotaract Committee its appreciation for their successful efforts. was invited to Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. • encourages Governors-Elect to consider including information on New Generations programs The RI staff provided essential information which (Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Youth Exchange) in enabled us to accomplish a great deal during our two their PETS program. day meeting. We made recommendations to the RI board and we also decided to issue a regular newsletter Rejected Recommendations to keep Rotary Family members around the world • does not agree to change the name of the up-to-date on important information. Rotaract Preconvention meeting to the Rotaract We also created a Google Group to communicate with Convention. MDIO’s around the world and issued our first communication before we left Evanston. • does not agree to produce the Guide for District Rotaract Representatives as a print publication. The committee also decided to encourage each Rotaract Club to help Rotary End Polio Now by contributing a minimum of $100 a year for the next Board Decisions regarding Joint Youth Program three years. recommendations In total we made 11 recommendations to the RI Board, • thanks Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth 8 of which were approved. We also made 2 Exchange Committees and the general recommendations as a joint Youth and Young Adult coordinators of the Youth Services Resource Services Resource Group, 1 of which was approved. All Group for their collaborative efforts to promote of our recommendations are detailed below: these four programs Approved Recommendations: The Board • encourages District Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth • amends the Standard Rotaract Club Constitution to Exchange chairs to conduct joint activities in reflect gender neutral language throughout the support of cross-promotion and in the document. enhancement of the Rotary experiences for youth and young adults • requests the general secretary to collect information on Rotaract clubs interested in forming twin club Rejected items relationships, similar to information already collected • does not recommend the creation of a new for Rotaract clubs interested in home hosting, and to district youth service committee to oversee the include this information in the Worldwide Rotaract district , Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth Exchange Directory. Committees • requests the general secretary to examine clubs Approved: The Board started by former Rotaractors to identify best practices and trends • Requests the General Secretary to develop a New Generations Exchange promotional brochure in • develops a CD containing the main Rotaract 2009-2010 and approves a 2009-2010 budget publications for distribution to Rotaract Clubs allocation of US$1,100 for this purpose. • requests the general secretary to create a Rotaract During the year we also saw Rotaract spread to two district best practices document based on input from new countries, Kazakhstan and Iceland. We districts with strong Rotaract programs welcome both of them. Rotaract now has clubs in 164 countries. • requests the President to consider sending a letter to District Governors encouraging them to help fund By Terry Phillips, Rotaract Committee Chair 2008-09 District Rotaract Representatives and other Rotaractors to attend the 2009 Rotaract Preconvention Meeting in Birmingham. (This went out in March 2009) • extends its congratulations to the dedicated Rotaractors and Rotarians in Korea for their support of the INTEROTA meeting in Seoul, Korea, and offers
    • Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 3 Who are the 2009-2010 Rotaract Committee? Below are the members of the 2009-2010 Rotaract Committee, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of them. Chair: Dong-Joon Lee (USA) Vice Chair: Michele Guy (Canada) (Term ends 30 June 2011) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotary Since: 1984 Member of Rotary Since: 1991 Special Interests: Reading and Special Interests: Helping people, socializing, Travelling making a difference, and reading the newspaper front to back! Email: rotarian [at] computer.org Email: mguy [at] couttscrane.com Members Member: Héctor A. Boffelli Member: Eva Brodehl (Argentina) (Term ends 30 June 2010) (Germany) (Term ends 30 June 2011) Member of Rotary Since: 1989 Member of Rotary Since: 2005 Special Interests: reading and travel. I also enjoy training Rotarians, Rotaractors, Special Interests: Helping people to Interactors, RYLArians etc about Rotary. maintain & improve their vision. Email: beblo [at] sme.com.ar Email: eva.brodehl [at] gmx.net Member: Martin Bridge (UK) Member: Filippo Maria Pirisi (Term ends 30 June 2012) (Italy) (Term ends 30 June 2012) Member of Rotary Since: 1975 Member of Rotary Since: 1977 Special Interests: computing, cycling, mini's (Austin, Morris - not Special Interests: classical music, sailing BMW!) & many others! Email: pirisi [at] unica.it Email: pdg1992-rotary [at] yahoo.co.uk Rotaract Representatives Member: Lisa Hunter (England) Member: Mary Kathryn DeLodder (USA) (Term ends 30 June 2010) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Special Interests: Lisa enjoys Special Interests: Spending time with swimming, Taebo boxing and my husband, recycling, fish keeping, visiting new countries. Rotaract education Email: lisa [at] rotaract.org.uk Email: mkdelodder [at] gmail.com Member: Henrique Bragança Member: Kristine Binzer (Denmark) (Brazil) (Term ends 30 June 2010) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotaract Since: 2004 Member of Rotaract Since: 1997 Special Interests: meeting Special Interests: Global health and de- people, travelling, dancing, velopment, skiing, sailing, playing music, blogging travelling Email: hbraganca[at] gmail.com Email: kristinebinzer [at] yahoo.dk
    • Page 4 Rotaract Newswire Rotaractors Make Dreams Real at 100th Convention Over 200 Rotaractors from all how they have all made dreams real. The international over the world congregated in winner was the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham, England, to take USA with their project “Ready 2 Read”. p a r t i n t h e R o t a r a ct Preconvention and the historic The Ready 2 Read project has provided more than 100th Rotary International 30,000 books to 129 classrooms at a cost of Convention in June 2009. $150,000. A $100,000 endowment has been set up to maintain the libraries and replace books. From 19th – 20th June Rotaractors enjoyed their own You can find out full details about all project winners at: Preconvention where they http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages shared ideas on how to /conv09june21rotaract.aspx motivate and increase membership, how to plan effective community and international service projects and enjoy We were also treated to a presentation from Emma the fellowship with Rotary Family members from all 4 Donovan, a Rotarian from High Wcyombe, England. corners of the world. Emma is a Past President of High Wycombe Rotaract and a past DRR for D1090. There was a fantastic line-up of speakers for the Rotaract Preconvention including Past Rotary International In October 2007, Emma was given the opportunity, as a President Frank Devlyn talking on leadership and Rotaractor, to travel to Sierra Leone with the charity Rotaract and how members of Rotary Youth Programs Mercy Ships for two weeks. Before she went a list of are the leaders of tomorrow. items was given out, on which was a plea for cotton underpants. During the opening plenary session RI Rotaract Committee Chair, Terry Emma continued to tell us that she, Phillips, gave a very enthusiastic with help from friends and family, presentation on what the committee handed over 532 pairs of pants to the had achieved in the last year. He also clinic in Freetown, much to the Clinic updated us all on the status of Rotaract Managers delight. After a few worldwide, including statistics on the conversations, Emma realised that fastest growth area. He also welcomed underwear was in high demand, and 2 new countries to the Rotaract family, decided to do something about it. Kazakhstan and Iceland, who On her return to England she chartered their first Rotaract Clubs approached an old school friend, Celia Talbot, who during 2008-09. This means Rotaract is now present in grew up in Tanzania, and decided to form their own 164 countries. charity, Knickers 4 Africa to help bring about a change. One plenary session focussed on the End Polio Now We were also very fortunate and privileged to be challenge where Rotaractors heard from John Germ, addressed by both the 2008-09 Rotary International Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge Chair, who explained President DK Lee, as well as the 2009-10 Rotary the importance of the challenge and how Rotaract can International President John Kenny. help to eradicate this terrible disease from our planet. John thanked all Rotaractors for what we have already DK Lee spoke first by thanking Rotaractors for helping done in support of End Polio Now. Make Dreams Real all over the world. He also told Rotaractors that we are much more than future During this session we also heard from Hanny Wan, a Rotarians; we are a vital part of the Rotary Family. He past Rotary Foundation Scholar, who told all present finished by urging Rotaractors around the world “not to about her experience on a Polio immunisation day. wait for an invitation to a Rotary Club, but to ask for an Hanny challenged all Rotaractors to participate in a invitation.” National Immunisation Day (NID) to show their support to the challenge and to see Rotary in action. Our final plenary session had the theme “The During the 2008-09 Rotary year R.I President DK Lee Future of Rotary is in Your urged us to “Make Dreams Real”, and what better way to Hands”. This is the show how we have achieved this than hearing from the 2009-10 RI Theme and it 2009 Rotaract Outstanding Projects Award Winners? was therefore fitting that There were presentations from the 8 winners from all John Kenny, RI President over the world, all providing inspirational stories as to 2009-10, spoke to us.
    • Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 5 Convention continued... Kenny said he was Brum09 team who put on a great party programme with “proud to have the theme of “Swinging Sixties Britain”. Rotaract as part of our organization” as On Thursday night delegates enjoyed the culture and he outlined his aims colour of an Indian theme night with traditional curry for the coming year. dishes and bollywood dance performances. On Friday He told us all to they grooved their way to the award winning Oceana “Seize the day - nightclub to enjoy an evening of swinging sixties, with make your lives full great music, 7 different bars and a free glass of bubbly of meaning". John on entry. Kenny’s parting comment was "I wish Saturday saw everyone make their way to Brindley Place I could take all your energy and put it in a bottle!" to soak up the lively and sophisticated atmosphere on the organised pub crawl. The event ended in the Pitcher Outside of the main plenary sessions Rotaractors and & Piano dancing until the very early hours. Rotarians attended various workshops to gain more knowledge on specific subjects including PR, transition On Sunday the Brum09 team had organised a farewell from Rotaract to Rotary, organising a new Rotaract Club brunch so we could say goodbye to those that would be and membership development to name a few. In total leaving us. Everyone got to enjoy muffins and coffee there were 20 different workshops for participants to and continue the lively discussions with their new found choose from. friends. The 2009 Rotaract Preconvention Just because the Rotaract Preconvention closed with remarks by RI Rotaract was over didn’t mean the party events Committee Chair, Terry Phillips, who were. On Tuesday they got to throw thanked everyone for their service to themselves down the 170 metre real- Rotary over the last year and for snow slope at the SnowDome in attending this convention. Tamworth. It was the best 40 minutes ever, with everyone reverting to Terry also took the opportunity to thank childhood! Who knew you could have so the 2008-09 RI Rotaract Committee for much fun in toboggans! all their hard work and dedication to Rotaract. He also made a very special presentation to The final Brum09 event was an afternoon Lisa Hunter, committee member, in recognition for her visit to Cadbury World, where the best chocolate in the service in producing the RI Rotaract Committee world is made. The tour included a trip round Newsletter and for being one of the main organisers, Bourneville, a village built by the Cadbury family, and a along with Mary Kathryn DeLodder and RI Staff member tour of the factory where you could see how chocolate Haris Sofradzija, of the 2009 Rotaract Preconvention. was made whilst getting to sample lots of free Terry presented Lisa with a Paul Haris Fellowship with chocolate! one Sapphire, as Lisa is already a Paul Haris Fellow. The 2009 Rotaract Preconvention and Brum09 Party After the Rotaract preconvention several Rotaractors Events were a great success and an amazing experience stayed in Birmingham to enjoy the historic 100th Rotary for everyone who attended. We all made new friends, International Convention and were treated to some truly shared ideas that will benefit our clubs and districts and amazing speakers. had a great time. The best thing about international events is meeting Rotaractors and Rotarians from all During the opening ceremony we were all delighted to over the world, sharing ideas and fellowship. be addressed by Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, who commended Rotary on their fight against The good news is, if you weren’t able to make it to Polio and expressed his appreciation for the close Birmingham in 2009 then start planning your trip to relationship that Rotary and the UN share. Montreal, where the 2010 Rotaract Preconvention and Rotary Convention will take place. Don’t miss out on Other speakers included Mia Farrow, Tom Henderson this amazing experience, for more information visit: (CEO of Shelterbox) and Jane Goodall, who commented http://rotary.org/en/Members/Events/Convention/Pag on the potential links between Rotaract and her Grass es/ridefault.aspx?housead Roots Clubs. To see more photos and videos from Preconvention visit: Outside of the Preconvention and Convention www.ljhconsulting.co.uk/rotaract/Preconvention2009.html workshops, Rotaractors enjoyed the hospitality of the
    • Page 6 Rotaract Newswire End Polio Now Update The campaign to End Polio Now — Rotary’s top priority — received another significant boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation last year. At the International Assembly, Bill Gates announced that his foundation was giving Rotary a grant of US$255 million for polio eradication in addition to the $100 million challenge grant received in 2007. This means Rotary now needs to raise $200 million to match this grant challenge. Response to the challenge has been tremendous. As of June 09, more than $90 million in cash, District Designated Fund allocations, and pledges had been received. Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Fellowships, and individual Rotarians have all contributed to the effort. Rotarians have come up with many creative fundraising ideas, a number of which involve the general public and promote awareness of the need to eradicate this disease. For example, Rotarians in more than 200 cities and villages in Switzerland raised over $669,000 by selling packets of sunflower seeds on National Day Against Child Paralysis. Rotaract has also contributed approximately US$43,300 as of 31st May 2009. This is a figure we can all be very proud of and sets us on the right track for the Rotaract US$100 per club per year for 3 years. Although this has been a challenging year on the frontlines of polio eradication, we have seen some encouraging signs. As of 5 May, India had reported only 40 cases of polio as compared to 216 at the same time last year. We have also seen a decline in the number of type 1 polio cases in Kano, Nigeria, once the epicenter of the country’s type 1 polio outbreak, thanks to renewed political commitment in Kano to polio eradication. Rotarian involvement was prominently featured in an Academy Award-nominated short documentary, The Final Inch at www.thefinalinch.org, which aired on HBO in April. This film chronicles the challenges that health organizations and governments face during the final stages of polio eradication and features Rotarians immunizing children during a National Immunization Day in India. A number of Rotary clubs have arranged screenings of the film at theaters in their communities. To learn more about progress toward meeting the challenge, subscribe to the End Polio Now newsletter at http:// www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Polio/RotarysWork/Pages/PolioPlusNewsletter.aspx New Generations Email Rotary International have started producing a New Generations e-newsletter each month. New Generations is a monthly e-newsletter designed to inform program participants and Rotarians about news and developments in Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA and to give you ideas on how to get more involved with these programs in your communities. The RI Rotaract Committee would like to encourage as many of you as possible to subscribe to this e-newsletter to hear about the success stories from around the World. To be added to the distribution list for the e-newsletter, please click on this link: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1101424972933&p=oi When the web page has loaded enter your email and click on submit. On the next page select New Generations_ Rotaract from the list and complete the other information, following the instructions on the screen.
    • Rotaract Newswire RI Rotaract Committee News October 2009 Chair Dong-Joon Lee Hello Rotaractors! In this Issue: I am pleased to connect with our global community of friends Message from 1 through the second issue of Rotaract Newswire for the 2009-2010 Chair Dong-Joon year. I hope that you find these newsletters to be informative, and Lee I’d like to thank the members of my committee for their dedication in preparing and distributing the Newswire. What is Rotary 2 Foundation? Two months have passed since we last spoke, and I’m sure that many of you have been hard at work on interesting service projects, both local and international. Rotaract clubs RI Rotaract 3 continue to be a positive influence in their communities and Rotary, and a great way for Committee young people to develop leadership skills and meet new friends. Get recognition 4 In mid-August, I participated in a meeting of the Chairs of the Rotaract, Interact, RYLA for your club and Youth Exchange Committees, which was convened by RI President John Kenny. All of the Chairs agreed that there would be benefits from the four youth programs working My Rotary 4 more closely together. As such, I would remind everyone that Interactors can be a valuable resource on service projects and are likely candidates to join Rotaract, so I Foundation would encourage you to find ways to enhance your relationship with local Interact clubs. Ambassadorial Scholarship In the last newsletter, I mentioned the importance of strengthening the bonds between Rotaract clubs and their Sponsor Rotary clubs, and I hope that those efforts have been Rotaract 5 initiated. Rotaractors should work with Sponsor clubs to learn about exciting Rotary meeting Foundation opportunities, such as the Ambassadorial Scholarship program as well as spotlights feats, the Group Study Exchange, and increase collaboration between Rotaractors and fun Rotarians. October: 5 Another way that Rotary clubs might be helpful is in sponsoring a Rotaract representative to attend next year’s Preconvention in Montreal, Canada. While not all Vocational clubs will be able to do this, it would be worth discussing with your Sponsor Rotary club. Service Month Please remember that preconvention registration before December 15 is just US$75 - Montreal 2010 - 6 this will increase as we get closer to the date so try to register as soon as possible! will you be Preparations for the Preconvention are underway, and it is promising to be a fascinating there? program. In addition to learning about interesting projects, you will meet other New Generations 6 Rotaractors from around the world and attend fun social events in the great city of Email Montreal. I hope that you can attend, and look forward to seeing you there! As always, please reach out to Committee Members with any suggestions or thoughts. Warm regards, PDG Dong-Joon Lee RI Rotaract Committee, Chair Help us to share the exciting and informative information contained within this newsletter — we want it to reach as many Rotaractors and Rotarians as possible but we need your help. • Forward this newsletter to all your Club/District/Region/MDIO members • Add the newsletter to your Club/District/Region/MDIO website 2009-10 Rotary • Send this newsletter to the Rotarians in your sponsoring Rotary Clubs & District International Theme Governor • Create a note on Facebook and link it to this newsletter
    • Page 2 Rotaract Newswire What is Rotary Foundation? The Foundation is a Earthquake in India and Pakistan, and not-for-profit Solidarity in South Asia. cor poration • District Simplified Grants – Support the supported solely by service activities of districts locally and v o l u n t a r y abroad. contributions from • Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants – Fund Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a large-scale, two-to-four-year projects that better world. Basically it is Rotary’s own charity! improve health, alleviate hunger, or promote human development. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable • Matching Grants – Provide matching funds Rotarians to advance world understanding, for the international service projects of goodwill, and peace through the improvement of Rotary clubs and districts. health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Educational Programs Programmes of the Rotary Foundation • Ambassadorial Scholarships – The Foundation sponsors one of the largest Through Foundation grants and programs, international scholarship programs in the Rotarians and other contributors can help change world. Scholars study in a different country, the world. They can finance a well for a village that where they serve as unofficial ambassadors lacks clean water, improve the environment, or of goodwill. Since 1947, more than 47,000 provide scholarships to educate the next scholars from 110 countries have received generation. The grants and programs available to scholarships through The Rotary Foundation. Rotarians allow them to realize Rotary’s • Group Study Exchange (GSE) – Annual humanitarian mission throughout the world, awards are made to paired Rotary districts to including its number-one goal of eradicating polio. cover travel expenses for a team of PolioPlus non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotarian hosts organize a four- to six-week To eradicate polio, Rotarians have mobilized by the itinerary of vocational, educational, and hundreds of thousands. They’re working to ensure cultural points of interest. Since 1965, more that children are immunized against this crippling than 57,000 individuals (almost 12,000 disease and that surveillance is strong despite the teams) from 100 countries have poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife participated. of many countries. Since the PolioPlus program’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children • Rotary World Peace Fellowships – Each year, have received the oral polio vaccine. up to 110 scholars are sponsored to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for Humanitarian Grants Program International Studies in peace and conflict • Disaster Recovery – Allows Rotarians to donate resolution for a master’s-level degree. money in response to specific disasters. Funds are distributed to local committees to support recovery efforts. The program was created in 2005-06, and the Foundation currently administers four Disaster Recovery accounts: Hurricanes Stan and Wilma (Guatemala and Mexico), Hurricane Wilma (United States), the
    • Issue 2 Page 3 Who are the 2009-2010 Rotaract Committee? Below are the members of the 2009-2010 Rotaract Committee, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of them. Chair: Dong-Joon Lee (USA) Vice Chair: Michele Guy (Canada) (Term ends 30 June 2011) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotary Since: 1984 Member of Rotary Since: 1991 Special Interests: Reading and Special Interests: Helping people, socializing, Travelling making a difference, and reading the newspaper front to back! Email: rotarian [at] computer.org Email: mguy [at] couttscrane.com Members Member: Héctor A. Boffelli Member: Eva Brodehl (Argentina) (Term ends 30 June 2010) (Germany) (Term ends 30 June 2011) Member of Rotary Since: 1989 Member of Rotary Since: 2005 Special Interests: reading and travel. I also enjoy training Rotarians, Rotaractors, Special Interests: Helping people to Interactors, RYLArians etc about Rotary. maintain & improve their vision. Email: beblo [at] sme.com.ar Email: eva.brodehl [at] gmx.net Member: Martin Bridge (UK) Member: Filippo Maria Pirisi (Term ends 30 June 2012) (Italy) (Term ends 30 June 2012) Member of Rotary Since: 1975 Member of Rotary Since: 1977 Special Interests: computing, cycling, mini's (Austin, Morris - not Special Interests: classical music, sailing BMW!) & many others! Email: pirisi [at] unica.it Email: pdg1992-rotary [at] yahoo.co.uk Rotaract Representatives Member: Lisa Hunter (England) Member: Mary Kathryn DeLodder (USA) (Term ends 30 June 2010) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Member of Rotaract Since: 2000 Special Interests: Lisa enjoys Special Interests: Spending time with swimming, Taebo boxing and my husband, recycling, fish keeping, visiting new countries. Rotaract education Email: lisa [at] rotaract.org.uk Email: mkdelodder [at] gmail.com Member: Henrique Bragança Member: Kristine Binzer (Denmark) (Brazil) (Term ends 30 June 2010) (Term ends 30 June 2010) Member of Rotaract Since: 2004 Member of Rotaract Since: 1997 Special Interests: meeting Special Interests: Global health and de- people, travelling, dancing, velopment, skiing, sailing, playing music, blogging travelling Email: hbraganca[at] gmail.com Email: kristinebinzer [at] yahoo.dk
    • Page 4 Rotaract Newswire Get recognition for your club As you help the Rotaract clubs in your district exemplify this • Conducting a joint Rotaract- year's theme, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with Rotary club project the awards and recognition available to Rotaract clubs Those that join this celebration throughout the 2009-10 year. Please review this information and tell the world about Rotaract and all relevant deadlines carefully, sharing it with all those will receive recognition for their involved in your programs. work from Rotary International. Rotaract Presidential Citation Interested clubs can download the World Rotaract Week RI President Kenny encourages all Rotaract clubs to strive Celebration Recognition Form from: for a Rotaract Presidential Citation. To qualify a club must www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/rotaweek_03.pdf complete any four activities from the categories listed in the Presidential Citation Brochure (http://www.rotary.org/ The submission deadline is 15 April 2010. RIdocuments/en_pdf/900a_en09.pdf). The Sponsor Rotary Club President must sign the Rotaract RI Recognition of Outstanding Rotaract Projects Citation Form and submit it to the District Governor no later Each year, hundreds of Rotaract clubs submit details than 31 March 2010. about their exceptional community or international service projects to Rotary International. World Rotaract Week Recognition In the 2007-08 Rotary year, seven clubs were selected by During the week of 8-14 March 2010, Rotaract will the Rotaract Committee to receive international and celebrate the founding of the first Rotaract club on 13 regional awards. March 1968. To learn more about developing a great community or Rotaract clubs around the world are encouraged to partner international service project, download the Communities with their sponsor Rotary clubs and increase community in Action publication from: www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/ awareness of the program through performing the following en_pdf/605a_en.pdf activities: To submit a project for the 2008-09 Rotary year, download the Outstanding Projects Form from: • Making a presentation about Rotaract to a Rotary club that doesn't yet sponsor a Rotaract club www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/ • Inviting Rotarians to attend a Rotaract club meeting rotaract_outstanding_projects.pdf • Attending a Rotary club meeting Submit your project to RI no later than 1 February 2010. My Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship My interest in Global Health was formed in my early years of Medical school in Denmark and have since led me to work in Sub Saharan Africa in health education and medical research. Early on in my global health career I realized that in order to make sustainable impact on health in such countries I needed to acquire skills and knowledge traditionally held by professionals in the fields of management and political science – competencies which would enable me to mediate between the interests of donors, politicians and health personnel in order for them to collaborate rather than compete. The ambassadorial scholarship, offered through the Rotary Foundation, became a unique opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. Not only did it cover a significant part of my tuition fee thereby making it financially possible to pursue my dream, but the scholarship also enabled me to interact with Americans of all ages outside of the academic community through the Rotary club meetings I attended and the great international network developed among my fellow scholars. I would encourage Rotaractors around the world to consider the scholarship programs of the Rotary Foundation when planning their further education. The programs are a great complement to the more intervention based activities supported by the foundation, as it is an opportunity to educate future leaders in the academic fields of greatest importance to the foundation’s work – namely health, education and development. By Kristine Binzer, RI Rotaract Committee Member 2009-10
    • Issue 2 Page 5 Rotaract meeting spotlights feats, fun New Generations Month and the annual Rotaract program," says Hunter. Preconvention Meeting are the best opportunities for "It's where you make Rotaractors to shine and show Rotary the value they lifelong friends from all can add to the organization, says 28-year-old corners of the world." Rotaractor Lisa Hunter. Dong-Joon Lee, chair of "It's a time for us to prove ourselves as Rotarians for t h e RI Rotaract the future," says Hunter, president of the Rotaract Committee, says the Club of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. "After all, meeting "is truly an the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow." international event and an ideal platform for us To celebrate New Generations Month, the to share ideas about Maidenhead club has planned activities to highlight service projects." The past governor of District 7230 its work throughout September. Club members will (Bermuda; parts of New York, USA) says active also visit Rotary clubs in the area to discuss current participation is what makes Rotaract the dynamic and projects and to forge potential partnerships. energetic organization it is now. "This month is a time for all youth programs to work Lee praises the hard work of Hunter and other 2009 together with their local Rotary clubs to serve their social committee members for the success of last local communities and support young people in their year's event. area," says Hunter. "Having seen the enthusiasm during the 2009 She also promotes the Rotaract Preconvention preconvention, I feel energized and excited about this Meeting. year's preconvention in Montréal," says Lee. "It's something I never miss," says Hunter, who was Hunter says joining her Rotaract club in 2000 has chair of the social committee for the 2009 had an enormous impact on her life. She gained preconvention meeting in Birmingham. "There are so confidence and learned skills that have helped her many things that make attending the preconvention succeed in the business world. appealing." "It's not just to meet new people, but to also better The meeting helps Rotaractors learn about inspiring communities locally and internationally," she says. projects, experience the internationality of Rotary, "Rotaract has given me the opportunity to know what and network. But even more important, she says, it's I do really does make a difference in people's lives. just plain fun. There is no better feeling in the world." "Outside of the preconvention sessions, the local By Ryan Hyland, Rotary International News Rotaractors always organize a great social event October: Vocational Service Month Throughout October, Vocational Service Month, Rotaractors are encouraged to initiate vocational service activities. Vocational service entails promoting the highest ethical standards in all occupations, recognizing the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contributing your vocational talents to meeting your commu- nity's needs. During this month, consider performing one or more of the following activities: • Present on vocational service at your next Rotaract club meeting; • Recognize someone in the community who exemplifies outstanding professional achievement while maintaining high ethical standards; • Hold a career fair or vocational training workshop, and invite local professionals to give presentations on their career paths; • Develop a mentoring program between Rotarians and Rotaractors.
    • Page 6 Rotaract Newswire Montreal 2010 - will you be there? Do you want to strengthen your Rotaract club? Learn more about excellent Rotaract service projects? Build lasting friendships with fellow Rotaractors from around the world? If so, you’ll want to attend the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting and discover how The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands! Sophisticated yet friendly, Montréal offers an ideal setting for Rotaractors to gather at the 2010 RI Convention. More than 80 nationalities and ethnic groups reside in Montréal. In addition, it is also the largest francophone city outside of Paris, making it the most bilingual metropolis in North America. Register now for “An International Experience” and to receive the best rates and accommodations. At the 2010 Rotaract Preconvention Meeting, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas on a wide range of Rotaract topics in interactive workshops and listen to interesting and informative speakers, all designed to support and enhance the Rotaract activities underway in your communities. Keynote speakers will include the leadership of Rotary International. In addition to the official program, there are social events specially planned for Rotaractors by local Rotaractors on the "Rotaract Host Organizing Committee." Their job is to make sure there is plenty of fellowship! Why should I attend? There are many reasons to attend the Preconvention and Convention. First, it is a chance to see the world of Rotary and Rotaract in a whole new light. You know that Rotaract is an international organization, but when you attend a worldwide meeting, you really see that aspect of Rotaract differently. You will also learn more than you thought possible, get new ideas for your club, make lifetime friends, and have a BLAST. Its hard to do justice to the experience with words. Its something you have to experience for yourself! To find out more about the 2010 Rotaract Preconvention visit: http://rotary.org/en/Members/Events/Convention/Pages/Preconregistration.aspx#3 New Generations Email Rotary International have started producing a New Generations e-newsletter each month. New Generations is a monthly e-newsletter designed to inform program participants and Rotarians about news and developments in Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA and to give you ideas on how to get more involved with these programs in your communities. To be added to the distribution list for the e-newsletter, please click on this link: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1101424972933&p=oi When the web page has loaded enter your email and click on submit. On the next page select New Generations_ Rotaract from the list and complete the other information, following the instructions on the screen.